RAVEN - Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs

Bandidas Taqueria Earth Day Fundraiser

A sidewalk festival and student art show/fundraiser with Bandidas!

WHERE: BANDIDAS TAQUERIA, 2781 COMMERCIAL DRIVE
WHEN: SUNDAY, APRIL 28TH 2019, ALL DAY / NIGHT (9:00AM UNTIL MIDNIGHT)

As a business, Bandidas are committed every day to choosing environmentally sustainable practices, and Earth Day has always been an important day for increased action on these core values (though they’re celebrating a little after the fact this year). Because they believe that any valuable effort for environmental protection must include meaningful dialogue with and leadership from indigenous peoples,  the goal of Bandidas’ annual Earth Day event is to amplify indigenous and youth voices. Read on for the specifics of the 2019 event.


EARTH DAY 2019

COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER

100% of the profits from the sale of food and drink on April 28th will be donated to RAVEN Trust, an organization which helps indigenous communities fight for environmental protection by offsetting their legal costs.

In the past, this event has supported RAVEN’s Pull Together campaign, which supports First Nations’ fight against the progress of the Transmountain Pipeline. The First Nations won in court and have successfully halted the project. Now, we wait for Canada’s decision about whether to proceed with the stalled project or cancel it outright. The decision is scheduled for the fall.

For Earth Day 2019, we’ll support the RAVEN Trust “Step up for Coast Heroes” campaign for the Heiltsuk Nation. The Heiltsuk Nation, one of the heroes of the successful Enbridge court challenge, suffered a major oil spill in their territory near Bella Bella in October 2016. Last fall, on the anniversary of the spill, they took Kirby Corporation and the federal government to court in a groundbreaking legal challenge that stands to set a precedent for Aboriginal Title to the ocean—a first in the world. With huge implications for fisheries (including fish farms) and marine jurisdiction, the case would be a game-changer for oil spills, tanker traffic and the health of communities up and down the Pacific Coast. Read more about the case here, and view the trailer for “Raven People Rising” below. Bring a crew to eat at Bandidas on April 28th–all profits will help the Heiltsuk Nation defend their coast and influence national oil spill response policy.


STUDENT ART SHOW

11 classrooms (and 1 entire school!) from 6 East Van elementary schools are working on environmental-themed art pieces that will hang on our walls for the fundraiser weekend. Check out the show from last year.


SIDEWALK FESTIVAL

While regular brunch at Bandidas goes on inside, outside we’ll have a variety of activities going on for those waiting in line, on their way out, or walking by:

  • A representative from RAVEN Trust will be out front to answer questions
  • Throughout the day local musicians will be gracing our sidewalk festival with music
  • Plant sale by Victory Gardens (in support of The Classroom Gardener) to help kick of the gardening season

PARTNER WITH US

We invite business and individuals to partner or donate with us. Partnering can come in many forms: offering music or activities for the sidewalk festival, money or products to boost the fundraiser, publicity, and much more.

Got a great fundraising idea? Get in touch with RAVEN and we’ll help you make it happen!


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