Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
First Call recognizes that systemic racism, discrimination, and stigma have impacted accessibility of harm reduction tools, prevention efforts, and treatment of substance use disorders for individuals, families, and communities we serve. First Call affirms its ongoing responsibility to build strategic initiatives and foster environments in which all people are respected, included, and afforded equitable outcomes.
First Call Land Acknowledgement
First Call recognizes the institutional harm done to indigenous peoples in the name of "Addiction Treatment," and we know that making a land acknowledgement statement is only the first of many steps to work towards lasting reconciliation and healing. We commit to not stopping here, but instead using this as a starting point to effect change through ongoing education, accurate and responsible representation, and inclusive treatment.
With that in mind:, we acknowledge the Kickapoo Tribe, Kaw Nation, Osage Nation, and Ochethi Sakowin Tribe, on whose traditional territories our office rests. We acknowledge them as the past, present, and future caretakers of this earth, and recognize their communities, their elders both past and present, as well as future generations.
If you would like to learn more about the guiding work for this land acknowledgement, please see "Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgment", created by the US Department of Arts and Culture.
First Call Events
First Call staff has been working for the last year with Phyllis Becker, Senior Fellow with the Full Frame Initiative, to reformat and provide staff-lead guidance to our DEI team. Phyllis has been an asset to our work, and we also found out that she wears many hats in her own personal work.
Phyllis, along with the founding members of the Weston Black Ancestors Awareness Campaign, attended a June staff meeting to present their video “From Slavery to Freedom” and answer questions. This was an opportunity for our team to learn more about the often-hidden history of the Black community in Weston, MO, and how that community built the area into what it is today. We were also pleasantly surprised to recognize many friends of First Call in the video.
You can also learn more about the BAAC’s work and watch their video at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS5krBCxnKI