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.