The last word in Gitxaała’s Big Mining Challenge

By Andrea Palframan / May 27, 2023 /

Despite having only 2 weeks to prepare, Lisa Fong’s legal team, together with Gavin Smith of West Coast Environmental Law, presented so many pages in their 89-page submission of their closing arguments, they exceeded the upload bandwidth of the Law Courts’ portal. With just one day to sum it all up, Gitxaała’s lawyers did a…

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Webinar Recap: Tripping over DRIPA – The Indigenous mining justice case that could change everything in B.C.

By RAVEN / May 5, 2023 /

Last week we had the opportunity to hear from West Coast Environmental Law’s Jessica Clogg, and Gitxaala Legal Advisor James Herbert on a webinar. Clogg shared her optimism, expressing that “This case is winnable, because it’s very hard to argue that a system that allows someone to pay $1.75 a hectare in the territory without…

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An Earth Day homecoming story

By Andrea Palframan / April 23, 2023 /

We are so happy for Gitxaała standing up against colonial forces to preserve their land and culture for future generations.

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PODCAST: Gitxaała Nation takes on the Mineral Tenure Act in B.C.

By Jamie-Leigh Gonzales / April 22, 2023 /

This episode of RAVEN Debriefs takes a look at how Gitxaała Nation is taking on the Mineral Tenure Act in B.C.

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Win Prizes at Norway House this April 22nd!

By RAVEN / April 18, 2023 /

Join Dee and Tasman as they raise money to support Gitxaała Nation’s legal challenge! These two Indigenous studies students at Camosun College who are hosting this fundraiser for their final project. Come on out on Saturday April 22nd, 5pm at Norway House to support!

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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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The story of a Big Mining take-down, in pictures

By RAVEN / April 4, 2023 /

It’s not every day that you get a chance to change the nature of mining, but that’s what’s happening at the B.C. Supreme Court this week (April 3-14, 2023).

Our very own Karissa Chandrakate created this graphic novel-style story explaining the case.

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Gitxaała is Heading to Court

By Andrea Palframan / March 21, 2023 /

Legal challenges are like icebergs.  There is a mass of work involved in preparing arguments, collecting evidence from elders and community members, pulling together expert reports and interviewing plaintiffs. While the work of RAVEN supports that process every step of the way, it’s only when Nations are in court, at hearings, that all that work…

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A lone surf scoter in the water

Meet the Surf Scoter: A biodiversity indicator for Gitxaala Nation

By Jamie-Leigh Gonzales / March 13, 2023 /

If there is one thing we know about life on Earth, it’s that humans cannot exist without being in relationship to the natural world around us. Indigenous ways of being teach that we are a part of nature, not the owners of it: resources are gifts, not commodities. And, the only way to ensure the…

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A Night of Brazilian Music in Support of Gitxaala — April 2, 2023

By Karissa Chandrakate / February 17, 2023 /

***This event has been rescheduled to April 2, 2023.*** Gitxaala Nation has launched a groundbreaking legal challenge that aims at B.C.’s outdated Mineral Tenure Act. Currently, the province allows anyone with $25 and a laptop to stake a mining claim without having to notify the Nation whose territory they’re prospecting on.  RAVEN is so grateful…

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