Gitxaała hearings begin with emotional appeal from Chief Nees Hiwaas

By RAVEN / April 4, 2023 /

As the Nation begins a two-week hearing at the BC Supreme Court, RAVEN reports on their landmark mining case – the first to consider the enforceability of BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.  Conrad, Jamie-Leigh, Caitlyn, Levin met up at the Sutton Place Hotel for a press conference hosted by Gitxaała and…

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RAVEN reflections with Susan Smitten: gratitude and greatness

By RAVEN / February 9, 2023 /

We caught up with Susan Smitten, who has helmed RAVEN as  Executive Director for 14 amazing years. Smitten is stepping away from her job this spring, making way for new leadership at a time when the organization is thriving.  She’s leaving behind big shoes to fill: but, she assures her successor, they’re comfortable.  Says Smitten,…

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WIN! Roy Henry Vickers & Tall Ship Cruises prizes in RAVEN’s silent auction

By RAVEN / December 12, 2022 /

Bidding is now open for RAVEN’s fundraising silent auction! Featuring artwork and sailing cruise experiences, the auction is a chance to give twice: get a gift for someone you care about, while also supporting Indigenous Nations to protect land, air and water. Bidding ends: 9:00pm, Thursday 15 December 2022. Serigraphs by Roy Henry Vickers Renowned Indigenous…

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Unearthing sorrows, planting hope

By Andrea Palframan / December 6, 2021 /

There are few humans that embody the term “poetic justice” like Dr. John Borrows. An Anishinaabe scholar, legal expert, and mentor to a new generation of Indigenous lawyers, Dr. Borrows is rightly celebrated as a visionary whose braiding of legal traditions tethers the wisdom of his ancestors to the challenges, and opportunities, of the present…

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A flood of support to protect the Peace

By Andrea Palframan / August 4, 2021 /

When we planned to get together for a different kind of “Paddle for the Peace” this summer, we expected a smattering of supporters to float up for a mellow evening of music and friendship in Victoria. That’s exactly what happened. But what we didn’t predict was what big waves our “Festival Afloat” would make! From…

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PODCAST: Cultural Refugia with Ethnobotanist Nancy Turner

By Andrea Palframan / March 23, 2021 /

Ethnobotanist Nancy Turner reveals the intricacies of interspecies dynamics that underlie Indigenous People’s deep affinity to the lands and waters.

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Intervention: strategic impact on a shoestring

By Andrea Palframan / January 21, 2021 /

RAVEN is poised to launch an innovative new “Intervener Fund” to support Nations that wish to intervene in legal challenges that directly affect their communities and governance.

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Watch your Head? – Environmental justice anthology supports RAVEN

By Andrea Palframan / January 8, 2021 /

A warning, a movement, a collection borne of protest. The “Watch Your Head” anthology features poems, stories, essays, and artwork that sound the alarm on the present and future consequences of the climate emergency. Ice caps are melting, wildfires are raging, and species extinction is accelerating. Dire predictions about the climate emergency from scientists, Indigenous…

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Found in translation: new perspectives on RAVEN’s mission

By Andrea Palframan / January 7, 2021 /

Indigenous languages are like mirrors held up to illuminate the lands and waters from which they come. Alive with the sounds of ancestors, these languages are deeply rooted in, and emergent from, particular ecosystems: influenced by rivers and birdsong, the words are the threads that weave people to place.

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VIDEO: Desirée Dawson on solidarity in action

By Andrea Palframan / December 17, 2020 /

Hear soulful songstress Desirée Dawson – CBC Searchlight winner and award-winning singer-songwriter – on why she supports RAVEN (and why you should too!) “I really appreciate how RAVEN raises funds so Indigenous communities can protect their rights and integrity to land and culture. I also really appreciate that when there is outreach and education that…

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