The Heilstuk Nation upholds an unbroken lineage of ancestral teachings that powerfully connect people to place. When the Nathan E. Stewart ran aground in their Great Bear Rainforest home, the Heiltsuk took to the courts. In the wake of the devastating spill, the Heiltsuk are working to enshrine Indigenous governance of their homelands and waters into law.
RAVEN has been working with the Heiltsuk Nation since 2014, when they joined with neighbouring First Nations in launching a legal challenge that — spoiler alert — ultimately killed the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. Now, we’re standing with them as they launch a legal challenge against Canada, BC, and the Kirby corporation.
Stunning footage combines with compelling storytelling to paint an urgent picture of a Nation poised to change the conversation about rights and reconciliation in this country.
Watch the trailer at https://www.facebook.com/ravenpeoplerising
Three upcoming screenings are already in the works, and we hope to have many more in the new year. If you want to bring this poignant and educational film to your community, get in touch and we can provide you with an organizer kit with posters, promo materials and some ideas on how to make the most of a fundraising event for the Heiltsuk Nation.
DATE: Monday November 19 at 12 pm
LOCATION : University of Victoria
DATE: Thursday November 22 at 7:30 pm
LOCATION : 1620 Blanshard St, Victoria
*followed by a circle discussion with activists and Indigenous solidarity groups
DATE: Thursday November 29 at 7 pm
LOCATION : Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram St. Duncan BC
Witness how the Heiltsuk are taking power back from regulators asleep at the wheel to ensure that the Pacific coast is protected for future generations. Their work will ensure marine safety for anyone who cares about the coast, the climate and future generations.
The Nathan E. Stewart sank: but the Heiltsuk are rising.
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