Valeen Jules is a queer birth worker and wood carver from the Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw nations. Valeen has been known to friends as "the doula that never leaves", "the eagle soaring above", and "the only top at the table".
221A acknowledges that the area called Vancouver is within the unceded Indigenous territories belonging to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. 221A recognizes that the colony of British Columbia was created through organized dispossession and colonial violence. 221A seeks to shift its organizational practices to work together with Indigenous people to end ongoing violence, dispossession and displacement.