Acknowledging the Land & People Where I Live…
I’m Dan Gardoqui (he-him) and I live with my family near the Maine seacoast – lands that have been inhabited by indigenous people for well over 12,000 years. Specifically, this land is the traditional territory of the Accominta People of the Penacook Tribe of the Wabanaki Confederacy – at least, that’s what I’ve learned – but much indigenous history has been altered, erased and whitewashed, so please forgive me if inaccurate. I’m always open to learning more.
Wabanaki peoples have stewarded this land for countless generations and continue to live here today, despite centuries of the devastating cultural and individual effects of colonization. I affirm their inherent sovereignty in this territory, support their efforts for land and water protection and restoration and for cultural healing and recovery. In addition to acknowledging this important history, I’m also committed to learning to be a helpful ally of the indigenous people of this place. To learn more, about Wabanaki health, wellness & self-determination, click here.
Additionally, this land has also been inhabited by millions of unique, non-human beings as well. Those species are critical to the health & well-being of the land and waters and deserve our attention, understanding (as best we can) and respect. All that said, I only know how to live in relationship with the more-than-human-world in my particular way and I’m not trying to judge or value the ways of others.
When you work with me, you support the following values:
- INCLUSION. I’m dedicated to becoming more and more inclusive at Lead with Nature. If you have suggestions, please send them my way. In the meantime, I’m doing what I can to help all kinds of folx feel welcome here.
- CURIOSITY. Wonder and an open mind make space for change in our lives, our businesses and our communities.
- CONNECTIONS. We truly ARE our connections. Our connections to other people, other species and to specific places are what make us all unique. Connections result in diversity and strength.
- EQUITY & ACCESS. Not enough people are able to access and benefit from nature. Lead with Nature continues to work on these issues while also supporting other nonprofits doing this vital work.
- CONSERVATION. As keystone species on planet earth, humanity has a responsibility to tend and caretaker to the earth’s resources to ensure a rich future for generations to come.
- RECIPROCITY. Lead with Nature works to support the protection and restoration of vulnerable human & wildlife communities.
Annual Giveback from Lead with Nature…
As a business owner, it’s important to me that I redirect a percentage of annual profits to organizations, efforts or people doing critical work in the world. Therefore, each year, I’m selecting a recipient to receive financial and other support that is both welcome and that I’m able to provide.
2020 – Dan Gardoqui & Lead with Nature donated consulting services and made significant financial contributions to support the vital work of Backyard Basecamp – an amazing nonprofit Inspiring Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color (BIPOC) across Baltimore City to find nature where they are and empowering them to explore further.
2021 – In 2021, Dan Gardoqui & Lead with Nature are committing to support the important work of First Light Learning Journey. First Light is a bridge between conservation organizations and Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet and Micmac Communities who seek to expand Wabanaki access and relationship to land. Their goals include: aspiring to reciprocity; expanding Wabanaki access and relationship to land for prosperity and to create a stronger conservation movement that includes and reflects Indigenous expertise and perspective.