We recognize and honor that the land on which the Oula Headquarters is located is the traditional territory of the Salish (Selis), Ksanka (Kootenai) and Kalispell (Qlispe) people. We acknowledge that this land that we stand on today was taken from the indigenous peoples through a historic and ongoing process of colonization, which is the violent dispossession and disconnection from their traditional lands, life ways and language through practices of treaty-making and breaking, assimilation, and force.
At Oula, we respect people, community and place. We recognize that this land is sacred, and that all those things that the land produces and supports are sacred as well, - the people, the animals, the materials, and the interdependent communities that tie those things together. We must hold them with respect and accord them dignity.
In 2020, our eyes and hearts were blown open wide to the injustices caused by systemic racism that is so deeply embedded in nearly every aspect of society, organizations and our own ignorances. As we have begun the long, uncomfortable and clunky process of learning how we’ve contributed to the continuation of injustices towards BIPOC communities, we are turning our eyes inward at our own biases in our lives personally and as an organization. We recognize that we have a very long road ahead of us to be anti-racists personally, as leaders and as an organization, but in transparency and accountability, we wanted to share with you where we are at in making Oula a safe and inclusive place for all, like we so passionately hope to do through this work.
Action Steps We've Taken:
We are working towards more equal representation among our instructors in our online studio, and will continue these efforts on the administrative level as well as contractors, instructors and participants.
Action Steps We Plan on Taking:
Members of our community have shared important resources for us all to use to continue our own anti-racism education and efforts. Here is the list that was shared with us:
Read "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates and his article "The Case for Reparations"
Read this essay by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Read "White Fragility" byRobin DiAngelo
Read "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander
Read "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo
Read "Chokehold: Policing Black Men" by Paul Butler
Read "The Hate You Give" by Angie Thomas
Read "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison
Read any and all essays by James Baldwin
Read "Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice" by Paul Kivel
Read/View "1619 Project" via NY Times
**Also challenge your book club to select more black authors, in any genre. Use your selection time to highlight!
Watch "13th" via Netflix
Watch "When They See Us" via Netflix
Watch "I Am Not Your Negro"
Watch "The Hate You Give"
And if you want even more opportunities for media learning, here is a link to an even more thorough list:
Our Statement of Inclusivity
In the Oulaverse, we embrace and encourage our Oulakins (instructors and participants) differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our Oulaverse unique. We are different together. We’re not all the same and that’s our greatest strength. We draw on the differences in who we are, what we’ve experienced and how we think. In order to make Oula the best it can be, we believe in including everyone.We fully expect to fall short in these efforts and we encourage and invite you to please use your voice in this space and let us know where we still have work to be done. You can always reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for being here.