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A beautiful evening on the water for West Moberly First Nations.

By RAVEN / July 23, 2021 /

Last night, at the first in RAVEN’s ‘Festival Afloat” concert series on Victoria’s Gorge waterway, we heard the Songhees story of Camossung and how the rocks in the the tidal inlet at the narrows were formed by Hayls, the creator, and how camas came to be the staple food of the Songhees people from knowledge…

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A magical evening afloat for Heiltsuk Nation

By Andrea Palframan / July 16, 2021 /

A glorious sun drenched evening on Cusheon Lake brought paddlers – and swimmers – out to hear the sweet tunes of Yael Wand and the legendary Bill Henderson (Chiliwack, UHF). Kwakiutl elder Christine Hunt opened the event to thank people for their support of her Heiltsuk relatives, and by calling for a minute of silence…

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VIDEO: Inside an Indigenous Environmental Assessment

By Andrea Palframan / July 15, 2021 /

Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management’s Diana Chan joined Firelight Group’s Justin Chan to take us out onto the water in Heiltsuk territory with the team who are conducting an ambitious and unique Indigenous Environmental Impact Assessment in the Great Bear Sea. Learn about the blending of western science with Indigenous knowledge, and discover special shellfish stewardship practices.

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Shine Bootcamp raises 5K for Beaver Lake Cree Nation!

By Karissa Chandrakate / July 15, 2021 /

Sending a BIG thank you to Shine Bootcamp for raising over $5000 for Beaver Lake Cree Nation back in March during their speaker showcase! Beaver Lake Cree Nation continue their fight against the cumulative impacts of oil sand extraction on their territory. Shine Bootcamp is a startup organization that provides intensive training for women wanting…

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Traditional Heiltsuk Clam Fritter Recipe

By RAVEN / July 14, 2021 /

Mussels, clams and oysters have been an important part of the diet for many First Nations communities for thousands of years. On the Northwest Coast, clams were often dried in large quantities for use. Clams were first steamed open in an earth oven and then strung on sticks and roasted over a bed of coals.…

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Victoria Float Up Concerts – July 22 AND July 29

By Andrea Palframan / July 12, 2021 /

Float your canoe, kayak, paddleboard, floatie, rowboat (you name it!) to some music and stories on the dock at Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club, featuring Kwakwaka’wakw & Songhees/Coast Salish artist Brianna Dick and live music!

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An oil spill in Heiltsuk waters

By Andrea Palframan / June 21, 2021 /

Heiltsuk Nation is currently conducting its own, Indigenous-led Environmental Impact Assessment, drawing on Indigenous ecological knowledge and western science to determine the health of the spill area, which has beena marine breadbasket for Indigenous peoples since time immemorial. The Heiltsuk are determined to heal the land and waters — but to do so, they need patient observation and hard data.

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Why are Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) conducting their own environmental assessment?

By RAVEN / June 11, 2021 /

Haíɫzaqv are intricately connected to our natural world, the land, the sea, rivers, all the plants and animals great and small. When any one of these is put at risk, hurt, or displaced it affects us culturally, spiritually, physically, and in ways we cannot put into English words. The Nathan E. Stewart disaster is a prime example of that, and we cannot rely on a colonial system or the polluter , but rather must conduct an environmental impact assessment grounded in our laws, our culture, and values.

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As Canada delays climate action, Wet’suwet’en push on

By Ana Simeon / June 4, 2021 /

The Wet’suwet’en challenge Federal Court decision to strike constitutional action After the Federal Court struck the Wet’suwet’en constitutional and Charter challenge last November, two Houses of the Wet’suwet’en Likhts’amisyu (Fireweed) Clan are pressing ahead with an appeal. The case aims to confront Canada’s 30-year record of inaction and the inability of the political process, on…

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Sea lice infecting juvenile wild salmon in Okisollo Channel declines by 95%

By Karissa Chandrakate / June 2, 2021 /

Great News! The number of sea lice infecting juvenile wild salmon in Okisollo Channel has declined by 95% between 2020 and 2021. Researchers are excited to learn that most of the young salmon look pristine, with iridescent scales untouched by sea lice! For the last 17 years scientists have been monitoring sea lice levels on…

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