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RAVEN’s 10 Recommended Indigenous Reads

By Maia Wikler / December 30, 2020 /

Despite the stay-at-home orders and canceled holiday gatherings, this winter can be the perfect time to retreat inward, curl up by the fire with a hot cup of tea and a good book. Let the words, stories and visions of these incredible writers be a balm during these cold nights and challenging times. Special thanks…

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What Impacts the Orcas Will Impact Us All

By Maia Wikler / December 2, 2020 /

During the summer of 2018, a stunned world watched in sorrow as a mother orca, Tahlequah, carried her dead newborn for at least 17 days for over 1,000 miles off the Pacific Northwest coast in an unprecedented display of grief. Tahlequah is a member of the J Pod of Southern Resident Killer Whales. The orcas…

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Secwepemc Nation: Reclaiming Land, Sustaining Culture

By Maia Wikler / November 20, 2020 /

RAVEN envisions a day when Secwepemc Nation’s title to the land is reflected in land use practices that incorporate the caretaker values that have kept this land and waters healthy since time immemorial. RAVEN is excited to be working with Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation to secure Aboriginal title to unceded traditional territory in interior B.C.…

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A Key Strategy to Stop the Tar Sands: International Alliance

By Maia Wikler / November 10, 2020 /

In northern Alberta, Beaver Lake Cree Nation has stewarded the lands since time immemorial. But now, their traditional territory has become ground zero for dirty fossil fuel expansion.  The tar sands involve both open-pit mining of bitumen, and ‘in-situ’ steam extraction to pull bitumen from deep within the Earth. Both methods cause devastating water pollution…

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Indigenous Stewardship is true Conservation: We Need to Move Beyond Eco-Colonialism

By Maia Wikler / October 30, 2020 /

Since time immemorial, Indigenous Peoples have stewarded the lands and waters in this place now known as Canada.  Through advanced practices, grounded in Indigenous law, these ways of knowing and being have supported abundant, thriving ecosystems.  Historically Canada’s approach to conservation was grounded in a romanticized idea of an empty, untouched, pristine wilderness devoid of…

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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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Lummi Leads Cross-Border Action and Solidarity to stop TMX

By Maia Wikler / October 23, 2020 /

Amid a climate crisis, the assertion of Indigenous rights in the courts is a powerful tool that supersedes electoral politics. Parties may come and go, but legal precedents leave an enduring legacy for future generations.   We’ve seen  four years of politics that touted a ‘reconciliation agenda’ — while steamrolling Indigenous nation’s concerns about expanding pipelines.  In…

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Stop TMX Webinar ft. THE WILDS and 20-day tree sit protector, Dr. Takaro

By Maia Wikler / August 21, 2020 /

Join a webinar on Thursday August 27th and find out about grassroots efforts to sustain opposition to the Trans Mountain (TMX) pipeline and tankers project.  This one-hour virtual gathering will be hosted by the Sustainabiliteens, and feature music from Holly Arntzen & Kevin Wright – aka The WILDS.  Speakers include professor Dr. Tim Takaro, who will…

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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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