To make our world more just and inclusive, Odyssey Associates donates 10% of its project hours to arts organizations devoted to social justice causes and 10% of its profits to social justice organizations.
Odyssey to Justice grantees include:
In addition, Odyssey Associates commits to regular diversity, equity, and inclusion training for its staff members and endeavors to provide qualified and diverse consulting teams for its clients.
"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?"
Rabbi Hillel (Pirke Avot 1:14)
The Quinnipiacs’ name means “The People of the Long Water Land," and they spoke the Quiripy language, a dialect of Eastern Alogonquin. They were not nomadic, but rather resided in present day New Haven County in wigwams, traversing the land either by foot or by dug canoes. They were led by wise men and women called sachems, and they were able fishermen, farmers, and hunters. The Quinnipiac people were subdivided into four bands, with the Montowese band living in present day North Haven.
They were the stewards of this region for generations, until in 1638, colonial authorities seized the land along the Quinnipiac coast, forcing a relocation of this people along a bounded space on which the surviving communities could remain. This action created America’s first Native American reservation. Over time, settlers took Quinnipiac property, and no more Quinnipiac landholdings exist today. Many members of the tribe still reside in Connecticut, but the community is not currently a federal or state recognized tribe.
The headquarters of Odyssey Associates sits upon their ancestral land, and we honor the Quinnipiacs' history, struggle, and resilience. To learn about the native peoples of your area, visit native-land.ca.