Mission, Vision, Values & Equity

One of FMR’s core values is equity. We believe that the Mississippi River connects us all, and that social and environmental issues are woven together. As we work toward restoring habitat and the river's waters, we will also work toward a riverway that is safe, healing and accessible for everyone. We strive to be culturally competent, welcoming and inclusive of all people and are committed to using our resources and influence to redress structural inequality where it intersects with the health and vitality of the Mississippi River.

Equity statement

Our board unanimously passed this equity statement in 2017 and updated it in 2022.

Below, find an overview of how FMR aspires to advance equity and inclusion through our programs and initiatives.

How we're advancing equity and inclusion

In our advocacy

In our land restoration and conservation efforts

  • Restoring Wakáŋ Tipi/Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary with important Indigenous plant species in ongoing collaboration with Wakaŋ Tipi Awaŋyaŋkapi; adding a section to all natural resource management plans that describes opportunities to incorporate culturally significant plant species and restoration strategies.
  • Continuing to learn from partners and Traditional Ecological Knowledge approaches, as well as Western science.
  • Engaging with the National Park Service's Cultural Resources Program Manager and other partners to ensure that all restoration projects respect the historical and cultural significance of the sites where we work.

In our community and education programs

In our workplace and network

  • Running a diversity, equity and inclusion working group.
  • Evolving policies to better support all staff, holding internal affinity groups (and a white accountability group) and involving all staff and board members in intercultural learning and equity goals implementation.
  • Incorporating community-centric fundraising principles like encouraging mutual support.
  • Using our capacity to seek and manage grants that can resource collaborative work with other organizations.

You can read more about our current work and partnerships by checking out our updates.

How we got started on our equity journey

Read an account of our first steps towards advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at FMR and in the mainstream environmental movement.

Land acknowledgment

Our work takes place on Dakota homelands. Haha Wakpa, Misi-ziibi, Mississippi River — the river we steward in Minnesota has long been stewarded and continues to be stewarded by Dakota and Ojibwe people. You can find out more about our work toward Indigenous solidarity here.


Our diversity, equity and inclusion working group recommends Mississippi River Network's anti-racism resources hub, available midway down the linked page. (FMR is a member of the network.)

Questions about this work? Please reach out to FMR Associate Director-Development Director Sara DeKok.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, July 30, 2024 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park, Hastings
Saturday, August 3, 2024 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Mississippi River Gorge, Minneapolis
New date: Saturday, August 10, 2024 at 5 p.m.
Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul