Title: A glimmer of hope as Heiltsuk Nation and others intervene in the Saugeen Ojibway Nation Appeal

By Jamie-Leigh Gonzales / May 24, 2023 /

While RAVEN primarily supports Indigenous Nations with their own legal challenges, we also support access to justice by funding Interveners in Indigenous legal challenges across the Nation. For those of us who don’t speak legal jargon: Interveners are third-party voices who can bring unique perspectives to a case in which they may be impacted by…

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Aerial view of the Nathan E Stewart spill clean up attempts

VIDEO: A Community-Led Approach to an Environmental Impact Assessment

By Jamie-Leigh Gonzales / October 13, 2022 /

Environmental Impact Assessments are standard protocol after an oil spill like the one that occurred in Heiltsuk waters after the Nathan E. Stewart tug ran aground on October 13, 2016. But who leads them, and how they are done is not so simple. 

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Awash in gratitude: $12k in one day.

By Karissa Chandrakate / June 10, 2022 /

World Ocean’s Day is over, but we are still doubling donations to Heiltsuk’s campaign. We raised $12k in one day – thanks to matching funds, and the generosity of this incredible movement.  In a case like Heiltsuk’s, there’s a long period between when a case is filed — usually sparking news coverage and attention on social…

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This World Oceans Day, join Heiltsuk Nation to restore marine ecosystems.

By Karissa Chandrakate / June 8, 2022 /

Today is World Oceans Day. It’s a day to celebrate the awe-inspiring ecosystems that make up our planet’s oceans. It’s also a day to uplift the people who are working year-round, across the generations, to steward and protect life-giving marine resources.  RAVEN is highlighting Heiltsuk Nation today. We’re shining a light on the groundbreaking work…

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A group of runners participating in the Run for FUNds race at Elk Lake Park on April 2, 2022

Running for FUNds with RAVEN champions

By Jamie-Leigh Gonzales / April 26, 2022 /

On April 2, 2022 a group of runners took to the trail at Elk Lake to raise funds and awareness for Indigenous sovereignty and marine life conservation.

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Heiltsuk decry DFO’s unilateral closure of vital SOK herring roe fishery

By Andrea Palframan / March 1, 2022 /

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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Hauyat by Hakai Institute - from the Haíɫzaqv Climate Action gallery

VIDEO: Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Action: Community Solutions

By Jamie-Leigh Gonzales / January 13, 2022 /

RAVEN and WECAN (West Coast Climate Action Network) presented another great webinar in our Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Action series looking at community solutions. Speakers include Pansy Wright-Simms and Leona Humchitt.

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Photo of a hiker wearing a backpack and a tag that reads "Canada Camino" They face away from the camera and are taking a photo of a landscape of trees and greenery.

Seven days on the Bruce Trail for Indigenous Rights

By Jamie-Leigh Gonzales / December 15, 2021 /

In September 2021 the Canada Camino started a week-long hike across the Bruce Trail from Mono Mills heading North to Collingwood to raise money for Indigenous sovereignty and global food security. Organized by Aangen and Heart Space, a group of six hikers spent seven days learning about the land, respecting the ancestors who took care of it for time immemorial, and connecting to the spirit of the forest. 

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Save the Date: Miác̓i Canned Salmon Music Festival!

By Karissa Chandrakate / November 23, 2021 /

Announcing Miác̓i! On December 4 2021, RAVEN is partnering with Coastal First Nations to bring you the Miác̓i Canned Salmon Music Festival! A live stream of the festival will include performances by SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS, Kristi Lane Sinclair, Murray Porter, Candace Curr, Carsen Gray, Hayley Wallis, Jacob White, Jason Camp and the Posers, and…

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Infographic illustrating Heiltsuk Nation’s legal challenge to Kirby Corp and BC over oil spill.

By RAVEN / October 13, 2021 /

Five years ago today, the Nathan E Stewart tug-barge sank in Heiltsuk territory. The spill devastated Gale Pass, a prime shellfish and salmon habitat that Heiltsuk have relied on for countless generations. Big thanks to Karissa Chandrakate @pangea1010 for putting together this infographic that articulates the crisis and legal case of Heiltsuk Nation. The Heiltsuk are…

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