About Us

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The purpose of The IISAAK OLAM Foundation is to mobilize knowledge and foster capacity for the conservation of biological and cultural diversity through Indigenous economics and reconciliation.

The IISAAK OLAM Foundation follows two objectives to achieve its purpose:

1. To foster micro-economic systems that can be resilient and self-reliant such as Tribal Parks or IPCAs.

A micro-economic system works to resolve the fundamental questions of reconciliation between European and Indigenous societies while reconciling our relationship as humanity with the environment.

2. To affect the macro-economic system which the IISAAK OLAM Foundation does through capacity development and knowledge mobilization as well as catalyzing partnerships across Canada to build a global peaceful economy.

We are rebuilding a new alternative global economy of Peace and Friendship that is based on generosity and reciprocity and really simple but powerful rules that we learned as the elder societies of Canada and the world about how to maintain a healthy relationship with nature and how to work with mother nature.

These two broad categories is what the IISAAK OLAM Foundation is about in regard to driving down anchors of best practices at the watershed level while at the same time reverberating out the lessons learned and the teachings from those anchor sites to the rest of the macroeconomic system.

We accomplish our purpose through:

Conservation

Supporting the development of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) in Canada

Climate Action

Forwarding the Climate Action Youth Ambassadors Canada (CAYAC) Initiative

Reconciliation

Developing a network of Reconciliation Zones, and Peace and Friendship Regions across Canada

 

Our Family

 

Board

Eli Enns, President and Chief Problem Solver

Monica Shore, Vice-President and Co-Founder

Patrick Canning, General Director

In the Field

Eduardo Sousa, IPCA Projects Director

Andrew Paul, Research and Engagement Coordinator

Katie Hargus, Youth Engagement Coordinator

 

Circle of Advisors

Dr. John Borrows, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, University of Victoria

Barbara Todd Hager, writer/producer/director, Aarrow Productions

Marilyn Baptiste, Former Chief of the Xeni Gwet'in Nation and recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize

Chief Gordon Planes, Chief of T’souke First Nation, founder of the T’souke Centre for Sustainability and alumnus of the 20/20 Catalysts Program

Levi Martin, Elder, Tla-o-qui-aht Nation and fluent Nuuchahnulth speaker