Forager Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Vancouver, Canada within the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people. Canada is a multicultural country and we take that approach in the work we do. We aim to help build stronger connections with the varied cultural traditions from around the world and to support the goal of preserving and promoting global botanical knowledge.
Our primary mandate is to inspire a "reconnect with our roots." What this means to us is showing people how to co-exist with their natural environment sustainably, and to pass on the knowledge from generations before us.
The entirety of human history began with hunter-gathering societies, otherwise known as foraging societies. From these early beginnings no matter the course that we have each taken we all share this history. We chose to call ourselves Forager Foundation to reference this shared history and while we promote global cultural heritage today we aim to share these differences in order to better appreciate the myriad of paths that human history has taken while remembering that we are all one.
Our Commitment to Inclusiveness
With the nature of Forager Foundation's programming regarding the promotion of global cultural heritage we often work with knowledge pertaining to Indigenous peoples, traditional societies, and local communities. It is because of this that we have made the decision to make every step of our projects from planning to implementation as collaborative and inclusive as possible. If a project has an affect of a particular community, whether directly or indirectly, we have an obligation to fair and respectful representation of Indigenous peoples for these projects and in whatever way we can provide community development opportunities that go along with our projects.
Respecting Cultural Sensitivity
Traditional Knowledge is an important and sacred facet of cultural identity. While we work to promote this knowledge with the global community we also recognize and respect the reluctance to publicly share knowledge that for many communities has been used without consent and with a disregard for the rights and title of knowledge keepers and the implications to communities for having knowledge taken from their control. We work only with knowledge that has already been shared publicly, either academically or to the general public, or with knowledge that has been shared with us with the consent of the community who recognize and approve of our intentions.