Passing forward Grandmother wisdom, wrapped up as legal precedents

As we pick our way along a cedar-lined trail near Bella Bella, B.C.  elder Pauline Waterfall explains how her Heiltsuk traditions have been “passed forward” to her.  Having suffered through colonial onslaughts of genocide and residential schools, the resilience that Pauline embodies goes much further than just cultural survival. When you follow her into the…

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VIDEO: Groundswell Indigenous Mining Summit

Last night, we hosted an absolutely riveting conversation that should motivate anyone with a sense of justice to get behind Gitxaala’s mining challenge. The passionate arguments that presenters brought forward illuminated the genius of pairing the deep wisdom of land-based tradition carriers with the brightest legal strategists in the country.  Have a listen.  Chat Transcript…

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John Borrows – On Mindfulness, and Indigenous Law

John Borrows is a member of RAVEN’s legal advisory panel and is co-founder of the joint Common Law and Indigenous Law program at the University of Victoria, the first of its kind. He spoke as part of Sorrento Centre’s Mindfulness and Indigenous Law Conference, sharing beautiful stories and teachings on Indigenous law from his Chippewan of the Nawash Nation and ancestors.

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Patagonia hosts in-store exhibition

Join Patagonia Vancouver for an in-store exhibition featuring work through lenses of three talented Vancouver based photographers. All photos will be for sale as the listed price and can be taken home at the end of the event (9pm).Non-alcoholic and alcoholic refreshments will be by donation from Tality Kombucha, Nonny Beer, and Persephone Brewing Company.…

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A Joyful Sunday Dance Party with Ciranda

On a hot, sunny afternoon on Salt Spring Island, the streets rang out with the sounds of samba thanks to a very special visit by Brazilian inspired sextet Ciranda. Hailing from as far as Japan and as close as Vancouver, the 6 member band was joined by local Cuban percussionist Jose Sanchez, along with Samba…

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A magical launch to Festival Afloat

Last night was magic.  We raised nearly $5k at Festival Afloat’s amazing Vancouver launch thanks to folks who donated and bought tickets. Our amazing sponsors Scout & Guayaki continue to match donations, dollar for dollar: give now.   Here are some pictures to give you an idea of the colour, the smiling faces, and the…

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Gourmet purveyors dish for Festival Afloat

In constructing the perfect charcuterie offering, it helps to have B.C.’s finest farmers, mixologists, fishers, cheesemakers and chefs on board. RAVEN is NOT a tour company: we’re a scrappy NGO raising legal defence funds to push back against ill-advised industries and create better laws with Indigenous Nations. But we have some seriously awesome friends, who…

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