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.

Our ongoing equity journey

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

Equity statement

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

Equity Strategic Action Plan Executive Summary

To move our intentions into action, we worked with consultants at Culture Brokers to write our Equity Strategic Action Plan (ESAP) in 2018. The ESAP outlines concrete action steps, timelines and needed resources for achieving our equity goals.

Land acknowledgment

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.


Our diversity, equity and inclusion working group developed this list of resources about justice and the environment.

Note: We're currently working on updates to these pages. If you're interested in our latest DEI efforts, please reach out to FMR Associate Director-Development Director Sara DeKok.

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