One Heart, One Village, One Nation
Homalco is working towards being a united, culturally grounded, proud, wealthy and healthy Nation. We want to make this a reality by supporting each other. We can support each other in the areas of healing, development, self-determination, self-actualization, self-sufficiency and good governance. We also need capable organizations that maintain our connection and responsibility to our culture, lands, and resources.
Paya ʔišnomot χwɛmaɬku
Homalco is a generous, proud nation.
Qat̓ θɛtštams pap̓ ɛm
That works together in a healthy supportive way.
Maʔəm štəm ʔɛɬtans qaymixw ʔi:na yiqaš təms gigi
By sustainably accessing our traditional foods and lands.
ƛas ƛasəm ʔəms qwayigən
We are empowered mentally and spiritually.
Ti:sxwɩs ʔəms ʔukwgɛtəs
With respect and equality for all.
To be a strong community living on our lands and grounded in our culture as we work towards the future.
These values have been passed down to us through generations. We breathe life into them and aim to uphold them in all that we do.
We hold respect for ideas, people, culture, family, each other’s time, in all we do, through self-care, patience, and kindness. We also respect our lands and resources.
We build trust with one another as a team by listening, understanding and responding, and knowing that people are inherently good.
We ensure an open decision-making process, and opportunities to express ourselves.
- Community focused
We remember that every decision is for the future of the people.
We establish and adhere to Homalco Nation policies and procedures.
We acknowledge differences, but work as a team.
We are accountable to one another, staff and community.
We are guided by seven key directives. They help steer us in the right direction.
Directive #1: Ground our work in culture, language, and traditions
We are grounded in Homalco culture, language, and traditions. These teachings guide our work in all that we do.
Directive #2: Strengthen connections to the land and water
Who we are as Homalco people, is strengthened by our connection to our Lands, Air, Water and Resources. We honour this connection by protecting these sacred resources for future generations and by creating opportunities for our members to access our lands and resources, strengthening this connection.
Directive #3: Community-driven
Our work is community-driven. Our relationship with one another and community is important to reaching our goals, our hopes and dreams for Homalco. We recognize that we are stronger together, as we walk towards a bright future.
Directive #4: Work together as one united community
Homalco is a united community that works together as a whole; with honor and respect for one another, even when we disagree.
Directive #5: Support and care for one another in an ongoing healing way
We support one another with care and respect, on our journey towards health and well-being for all generations to come.
Directive #6: Be transparent and accountable
Homalco governance is transparent and accountable through consistent and regular communication with all members.
Directive #7: Honor the past in our work towards a self-sufficient future
As we walk towards a self-sufficient future, we honour our history, and our past, understanding that colonization continues to have a detrimental effect on our community. We support healing for our members, strengthening our connection to language, culture and traditions.