We believe that Indigenous mamas are enough and they deserve to honor their reproductive destinies, support their community, and raise their children in healthy and thriving environments. Through the Hummingbird Nest, we believe we can support our families in achieving this vision. Every person deserves to live with dignity and have their basic needs met.
“I feel like when we look back, we're rooted in connection. We have our village. And I think that's something that if we build on that, bringing that back like actually having a village because I feel like a lot of people are like, oh, I need to be able to do this on my own.”
Community Member & Mama
We envision building wealth as a process, as a narrative, as connectedness, and as family well-being.
Guaranteed income (GI) is a type of cash transfer program that provides regular, unconditional, and unrestricted cash transfers to individuals or households. This differs from typical social safety net policies by providing a steady, predictable stream of cash to recipients to spend however they see fit without requiring that they perform specific activities—like working, going to school, or seeking employment—to remain eligible. While guaranteed income is always unconditional, it may be targeted toward people below a certain income threshold. GI Pilots provide cash transfers to a limited group of participants for a specific period of time to collect data that can inform policymakers and researchers as well as contribute to ongoing public discourse around guaranteed income policy. (source: Jain Family Institute)
Income has the potential to significantly change life course events when provided during pregnancy and early childhood. Think healthier pregnancies, better birth and postpartum experience, better parent child bonding, more time for healing and recovery. The impacts go beyond the time after birth into early childhood - including reaching milestones, and better school performance. Some studies have even found improved emotional and family health during teenage years in families that had unconditional cash income.
Guaranteed Income is a powerful health intervention that can support healing, and we believe can work to heal historical trauma, especially when offered at an important time in a family’s life. The legacies of colonization, genocide, forced relocations, boarding schools, loss of traditional cultural practices and food systems still have incredible health and societal impacts that lead to economic and health disparities for Indigenous communities. The collection of symptoms due to these experiences is known as Historical Trauma (HT).
In King County alone:
These statistics reflect the legacies of inequity and oppression that have been ongoing since first contact.
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.