FUTURE ANCESTORS SERVICES INC.
WE SUPPORT CLIENTS AND COMMUNITY IN ADVANCING SYSTEMIC BARRIER REMOVAL AND CLIMATE JUSTICE.
We're an intergenerational team of Black, Indigenous, racialized, Queer, disabled, and Francophone professionals and advisors. Through this team we provide speaking, training, research and consulting services, and influencer and interview services to diverse clients.
The work we do with our clients and community partners explicitly work towards advancing climate justice, decolonization, and anti-racism.
We specialize in accessible, anti-ageist, anti-racist, bilingual, and transformational service delivery. And because our relationship to community is our leading relationship, we don't accept contracts that we determine go against our commitments and responsibilities.
Donation dollars mobilized for community initiatives
Diverse clients served, supported, and partnered with
People reached directly though our services
Youth contractors leading Future Ancestors Services
OUR CREATION STORY
FUTURE ANCESTORS SERVICES WAS PATIENTLY AND COLLECTIVELY CREATED.
Larissa leaves her last employment position due to overt racism, ageism, and ableism experienced in the workplace. She begins action planning to start a business in intergenerational family knowledge exchange sessions.
Spring - Summer 2021
We break 200 clients in our first year. With racial and environmental justice bubbling to mainstream social consciousness, our demand continues to grow. We benefit greatly from the work of frontline activists, and we continue to pursue opportunities for reciprocity.
February - March 2020
Chúk and Sam agree to join Future Ancestors Services, and immediately begin shaping the direction and structure of the organization. The Global COVID-19 Pandemic touches Canada.
Fall - Winter 2020
As demand for our services grow, so does our team. Mo, Mariah, Chanèle, and Jacquie join Future Ancestors Services and quickly uptake complex contracts and contribute to organizational development.
Larissa incorporates Future Ancestors Services Inc. using personal savings, and continues the design of the initial organization structure and vision.
After consultation with our communities, we decide to fully launch Future Ancestors Services on April 8th.
We begin to orient, and re-orient, our work using a methodology we would eventually refine into Relationship-Centered Strategic Planning.
Fall - Winter 2021
Myriam and Frank join our team and bring much needed administrative support. We break 300 clients, and more consciously integrate rest into our lives and work.
This year we're focused on building our administrative support; shaping organizational direction with decolonial and Indigenous teachings; re-launching our direct community supports such as live events, the Constellation, our grant fund; and bringing on new team members!
OUR APPROACH TO SERVICES
WE'RE QUITE INTENTIONAL ABOUT HOW WE 'DO BUSINESS'.
When your accountability lies with community, you are afforded a freedom to assert a position grounded in what is best for people, kin, and Earth.
We understand that our client-facing services are one way that we can serve community and Earth: by supporting our clients through our services, we are improving their capacity to create better spaces and work outputs that honour people, kin, and environment in the past, present, and future. This is one way we serve community.
Like many of the ways we operate, we trusted in ourselves to formulate a new way of doing business that we haven’t necessarily seen or experienced before. You can read more about what these approaches look like in practice through service delivery on the Our Services page.
INTERNAL TEAM MEMBERS
MEET THE PEOPLE WHO LEAD FUTURE ANCESTORS SERVICES.
OUR LOGO AND NAME
A LOGO ADAPTED AND DESIGNED BY TSISTA KENNEDY, ANISHINAABE AND ONYOTA'AKA NATIONS.
Afro-Indigenous Future Ancestor
A face full of life, a representation of us as future ancestors; our diversity
Past and Future Generations
A face yet to be filled, our future generations; or a face watching over us, our own ancestors
A representation of the future of our Earth thriving as a result of our actions
A representation of our Earth in need of replenishment as Her resources are depleting
Hair Connected in Circle
Hair connects us to the land, and so the hair of both subjects connect and trail forward
Tsista (Tehatsistahawi) Kennedy, our Logo Designer, is a 19 year-old Woodland-Style Artist belonging to the Anishnaabe and Onyota'aka nations.
"What I wanted to communicate through this design are the concepts that the previous logo had taken into account. The grey leaves behind the left face symbolize ourselves detaching from the current ways of thinking and carrying ourselves. We face away from these grey and faded leaves, and instead look towards the ones that flourish and thrive in the betterment of our future selves."
"I was always taught that our hair connects us to the land, and so the hair of both subjects connect and trail forward. As the hair/stem trails back towards the left side of the design, it then becomes a representation of the state of thinking we are leaving behind. The tips of a person's hair represents the past self, and the parts of the hair that are closer to the scalp serve as a representation of a current self."
"We have yet to see who our future selves become, let alone the coming generations; this leaves the right-side face opaque looking and colorless. Despite this, both faces look forward towards the east, which represents new life, new changes, and a better future for everyone."