Reclamation of Governance: Short Film on Heiltsuk’s Constitution

By RAVEN / 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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Five Indigenous-led Movements for Ocean Protection

By RAVEN / June 10, 2020 /

Forests are known as the lungs of the Earth: a source for clean air and carbon filtration. But oceans are also living, breathing carbon sinks that give life – and air – to the planet. During World Oceans Week, let’s give homage to the oceans that sustain life from the depths below the surface. As is the…

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To safeguard the Salish Sea, protect shared waters

By Andrea Palframan / May 13, 2020 /

This editorial ran in the Seattle Times in April 2020 and outlines the Heiltsuk’s response to the tragic sinking of the Nathan E. Stewart. To learn more about the case and to support Heiltsuk recovery and rights-assertion in the courts, please visit https://raventrust.com/heiltsuk Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a massive civic event…

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Community Members raise over $7,500 for Heiltsuk

By RAVEN / April 8, 2020 /

The Reconciliation Committee of the Vancouver Quaker Meeting organized a film screening of Raven People Rising to raise funds and awareness for the Heiltsuk Nation. The Heiltsuk Nation is taking an oil shipping company and Canada to court over a catastrophic diesel oil spill in their territory. With a robust and devoted event organizing team,…

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Heiltsuk Living Room Film Festival Keeps the Momentum for Justice Going

By RAVEN / March 30, 2020 /

Organize A Living Room Film Festival The Heiltsuk Nation has stood up to defend their rights and territories, again and again, in ways that benefit us all. Thank you for standing with them, and for pulling together for future generations. The Heiltsuk Nation upholds an unbroken lineage of ancestral teachings that powerfully connect people to…

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RAVEN (De)Briefs S1 Episode 2: Elders in the Making

By Andrea Palframan / March 9, 2020 /

With a bow to Cowboy Smithx, we present Episode 2 of our new RAVEN De(briefs) podcast: “Elders in the Making”.   Don’t miss an episode: Sign up here to get the podcast notices in your inbox.    The teaching and learning going on across the country is extraordinary. Settlers and indigenous people are gathering in…

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A Big House. A huge triumph.

By Andrea Palframan / October 18, 2019 /

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] October 13-17, Heiltsuk Nation raised the first Big House to be built on the central coast of B.C. in 150 years. To celebrate, RAVEN has joined forces with our amazing community to try to raise $10k for the legal challenge that, though launched in the…

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Heiltsuk’s Historic Big House Opening is a Powerful Testament of Sovereignty and Resilience

By Andrea Palframan / October 16, 2019 /

For generations Indigenous governance was carried out carefully amid the federal ban of governance practices. Today, the voices of Heiltsuk people are ringing out loud and clear across the land and water. At the heart of Waglisla (known as Bella Bella), the mural-festooned cedar Big House stands as a triumphant marker of Heiltsuk pride. Inside,…

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Together with Heiltsuk at VIFF

By Andrea Palframan / October 12, 2019 /

When I met up with councillor Megan Humchitt — at a very special screening of RAVEN’s Heiltsuk documentary at VIFF —  she explained that, between meeting with federal officials and pushing for a Heiltsuk-run Indigenous Marine Response Centre for her community, she’s getting prepared to dance in the Big House.  This week, Humchitt and the entire Heiltsuk…

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Rolling out the red carpet for Indigenous protectors at VIFF

By Andrea Palframan / October 9, 2019 /

October 8, 2019: On the eve of the raising of a Big House in Heiltsuk territory, the Vancouver International Film Festival hosted a special joint screening with Tsleil Waututh and Heiltsuk Nations. RAVEN’s latest documentary, “Raven People Rising”, screened alongside “When the Tide Goes Out”, a piece by Eliot Galan chronicling the return of the…

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