VIDEO: Treaty People’s Briefing

A video released by Mining Injustice powerfully frames the dilemma Neskantaga and neighbouring Anishinaabe Nations face when struggling to uphold their stewardship responsibilities and protect watersheds. Hear from Neskantaga’s chief Wayne Moonias and tap into vital community knowledge about the Ring of Fire. Video is by Friends of the Attawapiskat River Coalition : please visit…

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Heiltsuk decry DFO’s unilateral closure of vital SOK herring roe fishery

Spring is normally the time when mariners from Heiltsuk Nation head out on the water to harvest the precious herring spawn on kelp, known as SOK.  Says Megan Humchitt, writing about the fishery for RAVEN last year, “This ancient fishery involves hanging weighted kelp, “y̓ák̓a” – stringy kelp -”q̓áq̓ḷ̓ís” – flat kelp, and “h̓a̓ṇ́t” hemlock…

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Don’t just sit there. Organize! Festival Afloat wants YOU

 Last year, RAVEN hosted a series of fundraising concerts from Montreal to Vancouver. Thousands of people came to watch shows from shore, or joined by canoe/kayak/paddleboard, creating a really fun, covid-safe floating festival vibe: see video below for some flavour!  We raised $80k for RAVEN’s Indigenous legal defence fund, supporting First Nations legal challenges protecting…

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VIDEO: DJ O Show says diversity makes beautiful music

A photo of DJ O Show laughing and looking at the camera. To the left of her photo is text that reads "Diversity Makes Beautiful Music"

In celebration of Black History Month, we caught up with DJ O Show. She’s a self-described Afro-Indigenous two spirited politician, activist and DJ.  Orene Askew – also known as DJ O show – is from the Squamish Nation. A broadcaster, motivational speaker, performer, DJ, musician and former councilor, this multidimensional talent lights up every room…

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Settlers get 35% bump in property values. Indigenous Peoples? Not so much.

There is this crazy myth that Indigenous Peoples in Canada get free housing. In fact, it’s non-Indigenous home-owners that are getting a plush ride.
This week, the value of homes across the province jumped between 15 and 35%. The bump in housing values for settler homeowners creates a huge pool of unearned wealth. But: here’s the thing. Indigenous people living on reserves may never “own” the land their homes are built on, leaving them out of this property bonanza and further disadvantaged by lack of access to capital.

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