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:
Supporting the development of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) in Canada
Forwarding the Climate Action Youth Ambassadors Canada (CAYAC) Initiative
Developing a network of Reconciliation Zones, and Peace and Friendship Regions across Canada
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