The organization formerly known as Juneau Violence Prevention Coalition has a new name.
The coalition will now be known as the Haa tóoch lichéesh Coalition, which is a Tlingit-language name and translates to “we believe it is possible,” according to a press release from the organization.
The release states the coalition, which was formed in 2003 and overseen by Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies in partnership with community leaders and volunteers, is in the process of “decolonizing its practices” and launching the newly named effort as the next stage of its project.
The coalition is guided by Della Cheney, elder and weaver, according to the release. It is co-chaired by Kolene E. James, DaxKilatch, coordinator of the Native and Rural Student Center at the University of Alaska Southeast, and Ati Nasiah, violence prevention Director for Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE).
The coalition responds to social justice issues that arise within the community and plans prevention efforts to transform individual, institutional and systemic inequities, according to the release.
• This is a Juneau Empire report.