A rock in the river: West Moberly shifts strategy on Site C

We know that pressing for rights in the courts is a strategic and powerful way to push back against unfettered development and to advance better laws benefiting future generations. You’ve stood with Indigenous Nations through some tough fights, and seen RAVEN celebrate the defeat of tar sands pipelines and open pit mines.  But: sometimes, infuriatingly,…

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Celebrating the laws of the land this Earth Day

digital illustration of mountains, clouds and trees

Around the world, Indigenous Peoples share a very similar respect and caretaking relationship with the land. Those stewardship values stretch back through time immemorial and exist as living, breathing ‘laws of the land’ today. It’s incredibly exciting to see the braiding of modern rights-based laws with Indigenous legal frameworks in courtrooms everywhere.

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Craving Adventure? Festival Afloat seeks on-board chef

Want to be part of food planning/preparation for a small crew aboard a tall sailing ship this July? About you: You like: music, salt water, working for Indigenous justice and environmental protection, and sailing on B.C.’s oldest boat, an 80 foot long rigged ketch called the Providence.  Bonus: you like to kayak/paddleboard – shows will…

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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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