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Ethnic Cultural Heritage Online Exchange

A community in harmony with its diversity.
-Vision Statement

Too often communities of color, immigrant communities and Indigenous communities are misrepresented or rendered invisible in mainstream media and public policy.  At EchoX we believe everyone has a story to tell and that communities can reclaim space to define their narratives with their own voices. 

Our name, EchoX, stands for Ethnic Cultural Heritage Online Exchange; a place for sharing and exchanging stories, experiences and information.

Seattle with Mt. Rainier, Alex Gorey, via Unsplash

To find our way forward toward achieving this EchoX vision, we must know from where we come, respect others’ stories and continually ground ourselves in place.  

We carry our cultures with us, yet, cultures are alive and dynamic. 

EchoX’s goal is to be an equitable sharing venue where we can build greater awareness about the cultures that make up our community.  Rather than speak for others, we hold digital space to empower and motivate each of us to have a direct online voice, especially those whose narratives are often misrepresented and continue to be suppressed.

“Crossing barriers, connecting cultures”  (Tim Berners-Lee)

– Mission Statement

The EchoX platform equitably engages and connects the many thriving cultural communities that find their home in the Pacific Northwest. 

We have four target areas: 

  • Advancing digital access and literacy 
  • Building community resource networks 
  • Highlighting narratives across community groups
  • Empowering youth identity and voice through digital, multimedia storywork

We have four main initiatives:

  • Voices:  articles and stories highlighting ethnic and cultural communities
  • Directory:  listings of community resources, organizations and groups
  • Calendar:  where you find and add to community event listings
  • Digitize:  youth driven platform for collaborations, mutual engagement and creative expression

 

Holding Hands, Tim Mossholder, via Unsplash

 

EchoX: A site’s inspiration and aspiration

Stories and storytelling are what connect us to our humanity. They link us to our past and provide a glimpse into the future. We have always told stories as a way to create meaning out of the chaos of human existence. We are drawn to and moved by stories to which we can individually relate.

The varied stories of our different ethnic cultural communities are what will inform and motivate positive action while establishing long-term emotional connections.

The EchoX portal is therefore focused on motivating us all to share experiences, journeys, lives, cultures and our humanity with each other while calling out to every American to celebrate the amazing technicolor diversity that surrounds us.

EchoX invites your active participation.  What’s your story?

 

Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington/Fighting Irish/Flickr/Creative Commons License 2.0

EchoX acknowledges that we live, work and gather on Indigenous land.

EchoX is based in the traditional territory of our Lushootseed speaking Coast Salish relatives, the Duwamish (dxʷdəwʔabš), in land that touches the shared ancestral waters of the Suquamish (dxʷsəq̓ʷəb), Tulalip (dxʷliləp), and Muckleshoot (bǝqǝlšuɫ) nations.  We honor these shared lands and waters with gratitude and give thanks to the many Indigenous communities who have been caretakers of the greater Pacific Northwest region since time immemorial.

 

EchoX HOME OFFICE

Seattle, the location of our home office, named after Chief Si’ahl is rich in ethnic and cultural diversity.  It has a layered history long before colonization back to Indigenous communities which have been here since time immemorial.  EchoX recognizes our Coast Salish relatives as the original and current caregivers of these ancestral lands and waters. Beyond that we recognize the territories and respect the sovereignty of Indigenous people across the Pacific Northwest where we do our work. Our responsibility is to remember our shared histories, our obligations made through treaties, and align our actions with the seven generations in mind. We want our community to learn from the past and recognize each other’s present so that we can live together and forge a more sustainable future.   

 

BEYOND WORDS

EchoX will implement, over time, various initiatives to honor our region’s Indigenous communities in the years to come. ​ Our beginning starts with highlighting Indigenous communities through:

  • Our Voices section has brought and will continue to bring attention to the good work currently being done. You can read some of these pieces by visiting https://echox.org/voices;
  • A map of Indigenous organizations in the EchoX Directory (see below);
  • A guide to Land Acknowledgements (coming soon); and
  • Answers to “Frequently Asked Questions” with links for further understanding (coming soon).

 

King County Office of Equity and Social Justice, The Emmett Shear Charitable Trust, a Donor Advised Fund of Renaissance Charitable Foundation, Norcliffe Foundation, 4Culture, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, University Lions Club, Tulalip Tribes Charitable Contributions, Robert Chinn Foundation,   Davenport Family Foundation a Donor Advised Fund of Fidelity Charitable Foundation, Peg and Rick Young Family Foundation. 

Latino Community Fund, Washington Hall, Seattle Center, Key Tech Labs.

GWest, Bud Bard, JoAnne Lee, Assunta Ng, Peter Davenport, Peter Lam, Ann Wright