FRIENDS OF TYRON CREEK
Parrott Creek is collaborating with Friends of Tryon Creek (FOTC) on our new Cultural Environmental Education & Trauma Healing Project. The program will launch in late 2020 and combines environmental education that honors the culture of native land stewardship with the healing power of the natural world through indigenous practices. We recognize that our 80 acres of forest, wetland and creek are ancestral lands of the Clackamas people, and we want to honor this legacy through a place-based approach that applies their ancient knowledge and traditions to the healing work we, and our partners, do with highly traumatized children and families, and with communities of color in particular.
This project aligns with our overall organizational goal of providing culturally responsive services by ensuring that this work be guided, led and owned by the people and communities who are experts and not us. For this project, those experts are our Native American partners and organizations that represent people of color. FOTC is a regional leader in efforts to decolonize environmental education and reclaiming natural areas for Black, Indigenous, and Peoples of Color (BIPOC) communities.
Together we wish to re-establish the area as an ecologically functioning site which can accommodate whole families for gathering, learning, and healing. This plan will be built with the goal of establishing an intact natural area for community use by our social service collective and the BIPOC communities, with a particular focus on the Indigenous community, of the Portland Metro area.
The 2020 Cultural Environmental Education & Trauma Healing Project is funded through a partnership with the Spirit Mountain Community Fund and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.