Maia Wikler

COVID 19: No excuse to delay reconciliation

By Maia Wikler / October 26, 2020 /

While pipeline construction, man camps and resource extraction continued unencumbered throughout the pandemic, long standing commitments to Indigenous rights and reconciliation are taking a back seat. The pandemic has jeopardized delivery of the Canadian government’s reconciliation commitments, including a promise to end all long-term boil-water advisories on First Nation’s reserves by next March. The September…

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7 Indigenous Businesses the RAVEN Community Loves

By Maia Wikler / August 19, 2020 /

Back in May we asked our supporters on social media to share some of their favourite Indigenous-owned businesses they love to support, we rounded up the most popular suggestions! Copper Canoe Woman @coppercanoewoman Wild Greens Sovereignty @wildgreenssovereignty Skwalwen Botanicals @skwalwenbotanicals Indigenous intentions @indigenousintentions Mamawi Creations @mamawicreations Among the Wildflowers @among_the_wildflowers Thunderbird woman reads@thunderbuirdwomanreads

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Some of Our Favourite Indigenous Authors

By Maia Wikler / August 19, 2020 /

It is no secret that knowledge is power, and we can wield storytelling as a tool for justice. Equipped with both, we can find ourselves nurtured, inspired and informed as we continue planting seeds for a more just world. These Indigenous authors and their powerful books have come highly recommended by the incredible community of RAVEN…

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Reclamation of Governance: Short Film on Heiltsuk’s Constitution

By Maia Wikler / July 24, 2020 /

Earlier this year, we witnessed the historic Big House opening on Heiltsuk territory. During a four day potlach ceremony,  totem poles were raised that tell the story of who the Heiltsuk are and where they are going. Guided by 14,000 years of history, ancestral laws, memory and tradition, the Heiltsuk are deeply committed to revitalizing…

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Folk that Pipeline Raises $10K for First Nations to stop TMX

By Maia Wikler / July 17, 2020 /

Over 1000+ people signed up for last night’s “Folk The Pipeline” festival. This incredible community raised over $10k to ignite the next phase of support for Indigenous legal action against Trans Mountain. With stellar sets by Dan Mangan, The Wilds and Luke Wallace, we came together with warmth and solidarity to renew our commitments to…

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Water is Life: Coldwater steps up to protect aquifer

By Maia Wikler / July 17, 2020 /

The Legal Battle against Trans Mountain Expansion Project Continues: Coldwater Perseveres to Protect Drinking Water On July 2nd, 2020, our community watched in dismay as the legal challenges of the Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band were pushed aside;  Nations pressing for their Section 35 rights were denied leave to appeal by the…

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Latest study shows that mercury exposure causes premature mortality in the Grassy Narrows First Nation community

By Maia Wikler / July 14, 2020 /

Since the 1960s, the Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation) has lived with the consequences of one of the worst environmental disasters in Canadian history. The community’s livelihood, major food source, and health were devastated by the uncontrolled spill of approximately 22,000 pounds of mercury from a chlor-alkali plant in Dryden, Ontario. The toxins…

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Folk that Pipeline!

By Maia Wikler / July 1, 2020 /

A Festival to Celebrate the Coast Protection Community!   Folk That Pipeline ….Festival! Get together with fellow coast protectors for a Folk Festival with Dan Mangan, Luke Wallace and Holly Arntzen. Find out with the next steps are to fight Trans Mountain pipeline and hear from Indigenous leaders about strategic moves afoot to defend orca…

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Access to Justice was Outlawed with the Indian Act

By Maia Wikler / June 24, 2020 /

Indigenous communities are rising up to defend their rights, their lands and future generations. Through skillful use of Canada’s courts, First Nations have become a force for human rights and environmental justice, uniting diverse communities in solidarity for the cause.  The sheer determination required to assert Indigenous rights, together with the necessary fundraising for access…

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Trans Mountain Spills 150,000 Litres of Oil: An Inevitable Catastrophe Long Warned by First Nations

By Maia Wikler / June 15, 2020 /

Protection. Solidarity. Justice. These are the principles around which the Pull Together community has mobilized for years in unwavering support of the First Nations who have persevered in the courts for justice in the fight to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion project (and the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline before it).  Yet on…

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