• Resilience

    Community members maintain their connection to their homeland, confident that their health and the health of the next seven generations are not at risk due to contaminated natural resources.

  • Self-determination

    Communities develop and enact their own healing, development and restoration programs.

  • Education

    Knowledge, values and beliefs are actively passed on from elders to youth.

  • Cultural Use

    The community is able to carry forth their cultural traditions in a respectful and fulfilling way using the local natural resources.

  • Natural Resources Security

    Local natural resources (water, land, plants and animals) are abundant and accessible so that they can support a healthy ecosystem(s) and healthy human community. The community equitably shares these natural resources.

  • Community Connection

    Community members are actively participating in community functions and helping each other, particularly in connection with the harvest, preparation, and storage of natural resources.

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  • Youth

    the future; they receive and respect the knowledge

  • The Teachings

    Knowledge, values and beliefs important to the community are maintained

  • Sharing

    Sharing networks integral to healthy community – ensuring that everyone in the community receives traditional foods and other natural resources such as plant medicines, especially Elders

  • Restoration

    the ability for a community to determine and enact their own,
    chosen environmental or habitat restoration programs

  • Sustainability

    culture isn’t stagnant, it adapts (e.g., people hunt with guns and use motorboats today but that doesn’t discount the significance of harvesting), but preserving the ability to move within homelands and voluntarily adapt to changes, temporal or permanent (the “7 generations thinking”)

  • Work

    Community members have a job or role that they and other community members respect and they work together (mutual appreciation, respect, cooperation)

  • Healing and Restoration

    availability of and access to healing opportunities (e.g., traditional medicines, language programs) for community members as well as ability to define and enact their own, chosen environmental or habitat restoration programs

  • Sense of Place

    engaging in traditional resource-based activities; continued reminder/ connection to ancestors and homeland

  • Respect and Stewardship

    conferring respect of/to the natural resources and connections between humans, environment and spirit world; ensuring cultural resources are properly maintained

  • Fulfill Cultural and Spiritual Needs

    able to use needed resources in order to satisfy spiritual & cultural needs, e.g., consume foods and medicines in order to satisfy Spirit’s “hunger”

  • trust

    the community trusts and supports its government

  • Elders

    The knowledge keepers who pass on the knowledge are valued and respected

  • Development

    the ability for a community to determine and enact their own, chosen community enrichment activities in their homelands without detriment from externally imposed loss of resources

  • Relations

    community members support, trust and depend on each other

  • Self-Esteem

    the beliefs and evaluations people hold about themselves are positive, providing an internal guiding mechanism to steer and nurture people through challenges, improving control over outcomes

  • Identity

    community members strongly connect with who they are in positive ways

  • Access

    all resource use areas (i.e., Usual and Accustomed areas in WA)
    are allowed to be harvested (not closed or privatized)

  • Quality

    natural resources, including the elements (e.g., water)
    are abundant and healthy