Community Member & Mama
We envision building wealth as a process, as a narrative, as connectedness, and as family well-being.
Poverty is not a reflection of moral value; it is a policy choice. Indigenous communities and Indigenous pregnant people are some of those most impacted by structural oppression. The impact of poverty during pregnancy and in early childhood are multiple. Compared to beneficiaries of structural racism, urban AI/AN infants have significantly higher mortality rates, increased poor health outcomes in early childhood (such as diabetes and obesity), and decreased access to adequate health care and nutrition. Having access to money and resources is so critical for food, housing, and health care. Guaranteed income during pregnancy and the first 1000 days increases pathways toward liberation for Indigenous families to improve health across a reproductive life span.
We convened our council of elders and matriarchs, and connected with Indigenous mamas who were pregnant or who had given birth in the past three years to create a program rooted in community values, traditions, and decolonized practices to support our families in building Indigenous wealth.