Fundraising for the Ma'amtagila People
We’ve been connecting with artist and Ma'amtagila Hereditary Chief Makwala (Rande Cook) since early 2021. Back then, we couldn’t have imagined the extensive collaboration our relationship would grow into. But once we started listening to his and the Ma’amtagila People’s story, we couldn’t stop. An integral part of Before They Fall, a magazine, an original artwork collaboration, fundraising efforts — it’s become one of the most cherished stories and projects our team’s been involved with in 2021. To hear more from Rande, you can read a conversation between him and Sierra Club BC's Mark Worthing on our blog.
We're elated to share that through our various fundraising activities, and with the help of Sierra Club BC, within a month of active fundraising in November and December 2021, we well and truly surpassed our original fundraising goal of $20,000 CAD for the Ma'amtagila legal fund.
Recently, BC Timber Sales authorized logging of old- growth forests in Ma’amtagila territory and has plans to auction the entire territory which includes further areas of old growth cedars and Culturally Modified Trees - all without the consent of the Ma’amtagila. The Ecology Today fundraising campaign between ecologyst, Sierra Club BC, and Rande, was to support Rande and the wider Ma’amtagila leadership's legal fees to demand this stop through seeking recognition in court of their inextinguishable rights and title to their territory.
Rande Cook's original artwork for the Ecology Today collaboration — a new design, titled Ecology Today, carved onto red cedar, was up for auction as part of our collaborative fundraising efforts.
The artwork takes ancient forms from the art of the Kwakwaka’wakw that have been in existence for thousands of years on the coast and brings them into the 21st century.
In early January 2022, we will be providing the Ma’amtagila People, by way of Hereditary Chief Makwala (Rande Cook) with a grand total. A total that has surpassed our goals, and hopes. A total that sits at roughly $40,000 CAD at the time of publishing — double our original goal.
If you’d still like to be involved, you can spread the word on Before They Fall, keep our first magazine on your coffee table for months, years to come, follow Sierra Club BC, Rande Cook and his gallery Leaf Modern, or grab a hoodie, tee, or pocket tee in-store or online.