First Nations Ecological Conservation Alliance

Wishtoyo Foundation has created the First Nations Ecological Conservation Alliance (FNECA) to leverage the knowledge and vested interests of all First Nations Peoples in order to increase their collective ability to protect the health and longevity of the cultural and natural resources all people depend on. For the Chumash People the Pacific Ocean is not simply a natural resource but an integral part of their culture and history.

To implement this work Wishtoyo utilizes their educational and outreach programs to mobilize and empower First Nations communities to engage in natural and cultural resource  conservation. Wishtoyo has witnessed the pressing need for collaborative efforts such as  FNECA to fight the ever increasing threats to their health, values, and sacred responsibility to future generations.  More than ever, indigenous and environmental activists  are facing demands that require creative solutions, breaking the traditional roles of non profits, tribes, and agencies to offer sustainable, effective solutions rooted in partnerships, collaboration, and mutual support. 

Wishtoyo's unique model as a First Nations, non-tribally affiliated, community-based, and environmental NGO inherently creates opportunities to liaise and offer their expertise and services to a wide array of organizations, communities, and geographies  to be the Wishtoyo (“rainbow”) bridge that is the fundamental core of their philosophy. 

Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Our work is divided into six main program areas – Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions.

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