WIHS is co-created with Whiteswan Environmental (WE), an equity-driven, Indigenous-led 501(c)3 since 2015. WE promotes knowledge democracy for all people through the spread of the Coast Salish’s people’s beliefs and practices regarding the natural environment. WE's programs and services work to educate and strengthen relationships between bio-regional native and non-native government and non-government organizations, as well as academic institutions to reconnect Coast Salish youth and community members with their culture and ancestral homelands to ensure our Schelangen (way of life) will thrive.
"WE believe that by integrating and respecting our Schelangen (way of life) and the Western science/STEAM curricula, there will be inter-generational indigenous education on the ecological health issues of the past, present and future, therefore creating a resurgence of the Keepers of the Tradition and Protectors of the Circle of Life or the next generation of historians and conservationists."
WIHS is also strategic partners with Animals As Natural Therapy. Animals as Natural Therapy (ANT) offers healing mental health programs for at-risk youth, veterans, & elders. Our programs are based on the knowledge that animals can teach important life skills, such as: respect for self and others, healthy boundaries, self-management, empathy, and clear communication.
ANT’s mission is to strengthen the community by developing healthy, resilient individuals through animal-facilitated education, with special attention to at-risk youth. ANT serves youth, veterans, and elders through horses, mobile therapy animals, leadership & anti-bullying workshops, and team-building experiences. Visit ANT here.