equity | diversity | inclusion

At first threads, we are working hard to create an inclusive and safe space for all. We carry the thoughtfulness we put into the designing and production of our clothing to our commitment to inclusion.

inclusivity & anti-oppression statement

We stand in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and denounce the rise in attacks against Asians in Canada and around the world. We are committed to supporting and uplifting the Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

We know that this work cannot be rushed.

We will continuously work to check our own biases, to further our learning and to examine and dismantle barriers that prevent those from being part of the first threads community.

We will always be transparent about where we are in our EDI journey. Currently, we are a small team of two white, hetero, cisgender women and we promise that as we grow and build our team and community, we will do so by centering equity, diversity and inclusion.

We have a lot of learning to do and may not always get it right.

We practice gentle call-ins and encourage you to reach out to us if you want to bring an issue to our attention.

our commitments

First Threads

our name & word origins

The history of AAVE is complex and deep with its roots in both African dialect and/or Carribean Creole English and links to the Transatlantic Slave Trade. AAVE is its’ own language, but there is a history of it being labelled incorrectly as bad English. It has resulted in many Black folks having to code switch in order to not be discriminated against in certain spaces, while other folks use it to be relevant and “sound cool”. Slang words that are used in North American pop culture are often created by Black folks and appropriated by those outside of the community.   

After working with Bakau Consulting, we decided to continue to use the name first threads.  We feel that by continuing to use the name, it provides an opportunity for discussion about AAVE that may not have taken place otherwise.

It is also important for us not only to acknowledge this and to continue the conversation but also to compensate the Black community for our continued use of this word. We have decided to redirect 1% of total sales every quarter to organizations that support the Black community. We aim to donate to different organizations and that information will be publicly available here.

Resources:
• Instagram @softieshan on her series for Black History Month- week 4 AAVE(currently on her highlights). We gathered some of this information from her highlights. If you go and learn from this information provided by Shanique, please consider donating to givebacktoblackbc@gmail.comso that funds can be distributed to the Black community in BC. More information can be found at: https://www.shaniquekelly.com/give-back-to-black
• https://www.feminuity.org/blog/using-bve-as-a-non-black-person-is-appropriation
• https://www.hawaii.edu/satocenter/langnet/definitions/aave.html

land acknowledgement and our relationship with indigenous peoples

We respect and honour their sovereignty, their right to self-determination, and their sacred spiritual connection with the land and water. Because they were and are such gracious stewards of the land, we are able to raise our children, support our livelihood, and experience so much joy here.

We recognize that the simple act of being settlers in our current society means that we are complicit in white supremacy and oppression. We may only be two people with a small business but we are committed to taking whatever steps we can towards taking responsibility for our relationship with the land and Indigenous Peoples.      

As a starting point, we are committed to paying reparations and will redirect 1% of total sales every quarter to organizations that support the Indigenous community.