Community Members raise over $7,500 for Heiltsuk

By Maia Wikler / 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 Maia Wikler / 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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As Heiltsuk Raises the Roof on Their Historic Big House, RAVEN Launches a Week of Action

By Andrea Palframan / October 5, 2019 /

Heiltusk are raising a Big House in the heart of their community where they can host potlatches, hold ceremonies and carry out traditional governance of their territory. It’s no coincidence that the Big House opens on the anniversary of the Nathan E. Stewart spill. Fiercely determined to enshrine Indigenous stewardship practices into law, the Heiltsuk…

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VIFF to screen RAVEN’s Heiltsuk film at Pacific Cinemateque October 8

By Andrea Palframan / September 23, 2019 /

This special screening features two films that delve into Indigenous Nations’ relationships with the respective lands they call home. In Raven People Rising (dir. Andrea Palframan), we learn of the ancestral teachings that powerfully connect the Heiltsuk Nation to the Great Bear Rainforest. Meanwhile, When the Tide Goes Out(dir. Eliot Galan) examines how food sovereignty…

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Sentencing of Kirby Takes Place in Bella Bella, an Unprecedented Assertion of Indigenous Law

By Andrea Palframan / September 12, 2019 /

In October, 2016 a tug without a certified pilot ran aground and spilled over 110,000 liters of diesel oil in Heiltsuk waters on the central coast of British Columbia. The tug and attached barge were carrying diesel through Heiltsuk waters despite Heiltsuk prohibition of oil transport through their marine harvesting areas. Through inadequate government and corporate…

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