Forterra is proud to announce it is awarding a Community Restoration Grant to yəhaw̓ Indigenous Creatives Collective in Seattle, to fund the ongoing restoration in Rainier Beach that began after the organization secured a permanent home for Indigenous arts and culture in South Seattle.
Earlier this year, yəhaw̓ collective began restoration efforts by removing invasive species like blackberries and English ivy to rescue and make more room for our heritage trees and to integrate Native plants across the site.
Through weekly workdays and partner programs, the organization continues its work to create a space for cross-cultural community members to integrate art, ancestral food practices, urban greenspace and land access into their daily lives. A city parcel regenerated by Indigenous hands will provide a sanctuary space for our people and the greater community to find healing and for creativity to thrive.
With this grant, yəhaw̓ Indigenous Creatives Collective will build a rainwater handwashing sink and composting toilet for events, repopulate the site with native species and build raised beds to grow ancestral medicines for community gardens.
Congratulations yəhaw̓ Indigenous Creatives Collective! We are so grateful for the work you do.