Rachel Saunders Ceramics operates on traditional, unceded territory and ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish peoples - Lək̓ʷəŋən (Esquimalt and Songhees Nations), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia’new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) - whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.
We believe an imperative part of reconciliation is lifting up organizations that contribute to the advancement of Black and Indigenous peoples both locally and globally.
From our inception, we have been mindful about the choices we as a small company make while continuously striving for methods that provide care for our environment and community. The learning curve is never-ending, and while we continue to engage and educate, we've taken action to implement intentional practices to the ways in which we exist as a company.
Our 2020 vision was to contribute both locally and internationally to communities and places in need, to support those on the frontlines fighting for equality and change, and to give back to the land from which my pottery is born. Over the year, we’ve been fortunate to give over $10,000 to the following organizations:
As a maker who creates from earth-sourced elements, I honour my materials, the land from which they come, and the community around me. Without each, my art could not exist. Environmental-based initiatives that are embodied in our company are essential to us and a part of our responsibility when it comes to protecting Earth. We strive to be as intentional as possible. All orders are shipped and packaged with materials created from recycled, biodegradable, and/or post-consumer materials. These can be reused, recycled or added to your compost, respectively.
In April 2020, we began partnering with One Tree Planted. For each order, we plant a tree on your behalf where the world needs it most. Together, we’ve planted over 1000 trees this year.
We contribute to Stand.Earth on a monthly basis, and donate a percentage of proceeds from our Found Collection and seasonal Sample Sales to a rotating selection of environmental-based organizations.
Thank you to each of you. It is through the incredible support of our community that we are able to make this world more beautiful through connection, intention, and action.
For further resources and organizations that are doing the work to support and empower communities across the country and in the US, find our list below. This is no means an exhaustive list, and if you would like to highlight an organization that is important to you, please reach out and share it with us.
The Black Artist Fund is a nonprofit organization giving money directly to Black artists to combat systemic inequity in art.
The SNIWWOC is a non-profit organization that supports black and indigenous women, women of colour, youth and children with culturally appropriate reproductive health services.
The ACEH is a non-profit organization that provides culturally supportive and intentional care for Vancouver Island’s Aboriginal peoples experiencing homelessness.
NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building and narrative change, we are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms.
Indspire is a national Indigenous registered charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women. NWAC is an aggregate of thirteen Native women’s organizations from across Canada and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1974. Much like a “Grandmother’s Lodge”, NWAC as aunties, mothers, sisters, brothers and relatives collectively recognize, respect, promote, defend and enhance our Native ancestral laws, spiritual beliefs, language and traditions given to us by the Creator.
The Black Health Alliance is a community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada. Building on our track record as an effective mobilizer and champion, we continue to grow our movement for change. Driven by groundbreaking research, strong partnerships, and people, this movement continues to build innovative solutions to improve Black health.
G.L.I.T.S. approaches the health and rights crises faced by transgender sex workers holistically using harm reduction, human rights principles, economic and social justice, along with a commitment to empowerment and pride in finding solutions from our own community.
Stand was created to challenge corporations and governments to treat people and the environment with respect, because our lives depend on it.