Ballydídean Farm Sanctuary honors Tscha-kole-chy, its pre-colonial history, and the Indigenous People upon whose traditional lands our sanctuary now sits. We are located in the traditional territory of the Lower Skagit, Swinomish, Suqamish, and Snohomish tribes. Our island was named Whidbey by colonial settlers in 1792.


“To recognize the land is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory you reside on, and a way of honoring the Indigenous people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial. It is important to understand the long standing history that has brought you to reside on the land, and to seek to understand your place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation.”