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Paying It Forward

As a child of a Filipinx immigrant, and an immigrant myself, I've experienced deep cultural loss due to forced migration that many immigrants face. I feel it is essential for me to give back to organizations that are working to support indigenous sovereignty and are actively preserving ancestral knowledge and traditions for our future generations. When you purchase my work, you are helping me pay it forward.

 

As a settler of Filipinx ancestry on indigenous land I've chosen to support the Sinixt Nation, who's ancestral territory I currently live and work on. I acknowledge that there are overlapping land claims of the Ktunaxa & Syilx Nations to this region, but I've chosen to donate 5% of my profits from ALL online sales to the Sinixt since they have suffered the additional institutional burden of being declared extinct by the Canadian government. They are not extinct.

 

As a metal worker who uses mined material in my work, I've chosen to support RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs). They raise legal defence funds to assist Indigenous Peoples who enforce their rights and title to protect their traditional territories. I will donate 5% profit from ALL online sales to RAVEN. Through public education programs, RAVEN collaborates with Indigenous Peoples to eliminate environmental racism and foster a greater understanding of indigenous rights and governance.

 

Tao Foundation for Arts & Culture

As a member of the Filipinx diaspora, I have chosen to support the Tao Foundation for Arts and Culture, who are Filipino artists, scholars, and community leaders engaged in Philippine cultural regeneration initiatives. I will donate 5% of profits from Kapwa Kollection sales. Their vision is to create spaces for reclaiming, honoring, celebrating, revitalizing, and sharing living Philippine local ancestral and traditional knowledge and practices.