PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Engagement Protocols:

Academic & Community Collaborations


The intention of this document is to support reciprocal, relevant, respectful and educational collaborations between PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ and individuals or organizations outside the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations community. Collaborations that become partnerships will also involve agreements such as memorandums of understanding, outlines for appropriate engagement, and/or contractual engagement agreements as needed and appropriate.


PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱: Who We Are & What We DO
PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Foundation is a W̱SÁNEĆ community based non-profit organization. PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ means “Blossoming Place” in SENĆOŦEN, the language of the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. At the PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Nursery & Garden, we grow healthy and traditional foods as well as many native plants for our ecosystem restoration projects throughout the W̱SÁNEĆ homelands.

PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Nursery & Garden is the home of our native plants & garden program for the W̱SÁNEĆ School Board students, located at the ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School (Brentwood Bay, BC). We also offer ecosystem restoration based programs that welcome students and volunteers to do this healing work in the W̱SÁNEĆ homelands. Program participants can learn many important land stewardship skills, all while outdoors and in a supportive environment.

PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ collaborates with many individuals and organizations. In doing so, collaborators have an opportunity to learn and share W̱SÁNEĆ values and principles of ecosystem restoration.

Guidance for Potential Collaborators & Partners
This document applies to parties such as undergraduate/graduate students, professors, instructors, researchers, volunteers, and community organizations. Common collaborations at PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ revolve around a) our fruit, vegetable & native plant nursery and garden at the Tribal School, b) ecosystem restoration work in culturally significant places such as SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet), and c) the development of educational and employment programs aimed at supporting the next generation of land stewards.


Commitments to Guiding Principles

This section outlines the core commitments required for collaboration with PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱. If you or your organization are not ready or able to meet these commitments, then please refrain from initiating collaboration. It may be that you and your organization are interested in building the capacity to meet these commitments. If so, we support you on this journey and look forward to hearing from you at a later time.

Self-awareness & Intentionality
PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ considers ourselves ultimately accountable to the land, communiities and next generations.

Self-reflect: Consider your intentions for working with PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱. Do you want an indigenous community connection, an interesting term paper, to glean information and experience related to indigenous ways of knowing and being, or to save/improve PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱’s work? Is your project ultimately extractive? If, after sincere reflection, you answer yes to any of these questions, we ask you not to seek out a connection with us at this time.

Cultural safety
Consult with available resources on cultural safety and revisit your self-reflection; a great starting point is the First Nations Health Authority page on Cultural Safety and Humility. Clarify all relevant cultural aspects of educational programming, projects, and interactions. Negative comments including culturally insensitive, racist, sexist or homophobic comments are not tolerated.

Transparent communication
Clearly communicate your needs (professional, health, personal, logistical, etc) with clear expectations, boundaries, timeframes, desires and intentions for collaboration.

Media communications: publications will include acknowledgement of the working relationship of the parties when appropriate. Potential press releases, products or publications (including use of logos) will be shared with PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ for review.

Shared Ethics
Assure compliance with the ethical protocols of the respective institution(s)/ organization(s). Be clear with us about these ethics and consult PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ about the alignment of your ethics process with our work. We value connections with a firm foundation in reciprocity and respect. Ensure protection of the customary and intellectual property of all partners.

Accountability and responsibility
Demonstrate responsibility towards the land, to people, and to future generations. Demonstrate accountability for your actions, words and promises.

Practical Commitments

Educational Leaders
PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ offers educational programs for students of all ages and backgrounds. If you are requesting a program with PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱, we ask that you commit time and energy to our restoration projects, depending on the need and goals.

We always allow time to ground program participants in place, including introductions and instructions. In order to do this in a good way, we request a minimum of 2 hour programs or primary to secondary age groups and a minimum of 4 hour programs for adult groups. Please make yourself aware of our program rates for each program (available on our Learning on the Land page).

College/university instructors and program leaders are invited to consider a consistent connection with PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱, which could include a regular schedule of one or more restoration programs per term. Please contact us to discuss partnership opportunities that enrich education and support community based restoration work.

Individual volunteers may join us with less formal time commitments, but need to communicate clearly with us about availability to avoid scheduling conflicts. Please take time to learn about the values of PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ and to grasp some of the expectations of guests before you join us.

Contributing to site work activities is integral to collaborating with PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱. We would like all research and learning collaborations to directly and/or indirectly support this work. For students, this could mean joining us on restoration workdays in order to gain a deeper understanding of our work and discuss projects with us while contributing to the healing of the land.

Organization Collaborations & Partnerships
Please take time to consider your intentions for collaboration. PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ receives many invitations to collaborate and we have limited capacity to assess and respond to all requests. We really value working with others when we can clearly see how a potential collaboration brings mutual benefit to our organizations and aligns with our core objectives of healing the land, fostering cultural resurgence, and supporting the next generation of land stewards.


HÍ,SW̱ḴE SIÁM for your interest in working with us!