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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Marin Humane, we understand that to create a better world for animals we must also work to create a better world for people. We know we cannot effectively help animals in our community and beyond without acknowledging how we perceive and treat the people who love them.

One of our core values is Celebrating Differences, and we see diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) as an essential component. We recognize the barriers and systemic injustices that create inequities, not just in the workforce, but in the community and its access to resources.

Therefore, we support and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging for our staff, volunteers, and the communities we serve. Marin Humane is at its strongest when everyone is valued and empowered so we are committed to advancing DEIB throughout the organization—in our places of work, our staffing, our programs, and in all our endeavors.

Our DEIB committee is focused on reviewing our organization – both programmatically and as a whole – to identify how we can improve all aspects of who we are, what we do, and how we serve. As we grow as an organization and expand our DEIB efforts, we’ll update this section with our goals and accomplishments.

We can always do better. We can always learn more. And we know there’s much more work to be done.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT

This land acknowledgment recognizes that the main campus of Marin Humane resides on unceded Coast Miwok land, and that the Hopalong Foster Program office resides on unceded Muwekma Ohlone land. We acknowledge the profound suffering caused by the theft and colonization of this land and the ongoing systemic harm to Coast Miwok and Ohlone cultures, and all Indigenous cultures of what we now call North America. We honor the Coast Miwok and the Muwekma Ohlone as the ancestral and contemporary stewards of these lands and wildlife.

What is a land acknowledgment?

A land acknowledgment is a formal spoken or written statement that names, honors, and recognizes the history and presence of Indigenous peoples and their relationship to their traditional homelands. In recent years, land acknowledgments have arisen as a first step in showing respect for the ancestral and contemporary Indigenous residents of colonized lands such as those in North America (often referred to as “Turtle Island” by many Indigenous cultures).

Why do land acknowledgments?

It’s important that we understand the history of the United States includes violence and destruction of Indigenous cultures, including the forced displacement of communities, so we can participate in truth and reconciliation with local Indigenous communities, like the Coast Miwok and the Muwekma Ohlone.

Land acknowledgments are also meant to serve as a way to connect people to other resources about the history of the land and its original stewards. These documents help foster compassion and bring awareness to the cultural near genocide of Indigenous peoples and the ongoing colonization and oppression that have contributed to the attempted erasure of Indigenous cultures.

Land Acknowledgments are also a powerful representation of three of Marin Humane’s core values:

Pursuit of Learning: By continuing to educate ourselves, we reflect and take action for the betterment of ourselves, the organization, and the communities we serve.

Celebrating Differences: We embrace the uniqueness of each person and community. We see the beauty and value in all communities and cultures.

Courage With Compassion: By being open to truth and discomfort we grow as individuals and an organization. We are committed to taking the necessary steps to effect change and lead by example.

We express our gratitude to the ancestors and the living relations of the Coast Miwok and Muwekma Ohlone people for allowing us a home here as uninvited guests. Out of this gratitude and respect, we commit to the promise to treat these lands with care and reverence and use the land to serve our community.

Resources for further study 

Coast Miwok of Southern Marin

Coast Miwok Tribal Council of Marin

Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area

Native Governance Center

Native Land Digital (Look up whose land you’re on)

Moving beyond a land acknowledgment

Land acknowledgment is only the start- public panel discussion