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.
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.
Our board unanimously passed this equity statement in 2017 and updated it in 2022.
Our work takes place on the ancestral homelands of the Dakota. 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.)