The shi(f)t is hitting the fan: a RAVEN year in review

By Andrea Palframan / December 20, 2021 /

We love hearing about what has kept you going—and what you’re thinking about headed into next year. Take part in our year end community reflection survey.

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VIDEO: Lessons from the red-tailed hawk with John Borrows

By Andrea Palframan / December 17, 2021 /

We had the honour of hearing from Dr. John Borrows (member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation): Indigenous lawyer, scholar, prolific author and teacher. We also heard from RAVEN’s Executive Director Susan Smitten, who carries the founding vision of RAVEN forward every single day with her warm, spirited and ambitious leadership. In the…

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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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An invitation from Bringing the Salmon Home

By Andrea Palframan / December 14, 2021 /

Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative offers a new model for collaborative Indigenous-led fish and habitat management. This work is led by the Syilx Okanagan, Secwépemc and Ktunaxa Nations.

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VIDEO: CityTV will air Miaci: Canned Salmon Music Festival on Saturday, December 19

By RAVEN / December 10, 2021 /

Coastal First Nations, RAVEN and Salmon Nation are thrilled to share that CityTV will air Miaci: Canned Salmon Music Festival — featuring Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Carsen Gray, Jason Camp & the Poseurs, comedian Sasha Mark, Hayley Wallis, Murray Porter and more —  on Saturday, December 19! 

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Unearthing sorrows, planting hope

By Andrea Palframan / December 6, 2021 /

There are few humans that embody the term “poetic justice” like Dr. John Borrows. An Anishinaabe scholar, legal expert, and mentor to a new generation of Indigenous lawyers, Dr. Borrows is rightly celebrated as a visionary whose braiding of legal traditions tethers the wisdom of his ancestors to the challenges, and opportunities, of the present…

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A searing open letter: Anishinaabe leaders call out Ontario over Ring of Fire violations

By Andrea Palframan / December 1, 2021 /

Three First Nation chiefs from the James Bay region are collectively taking Premier Doug Ford to task for his ‘hop-on-the-bulldozer, myself’ enthusiasm to see industrial development in the Ring of Fire.

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Stand with Neskantaga this Giving Tuesday!

By Karissa Chandrakate / November 30, 2021 /

November 30th is Giving Tuesday, and we are honoured to be spotlighting Neskantaga Nation.  This northern Ontario Nation’s brave stance against the breakneck Ring of Fire mining expansion is an inspiring story of how one Indigenous community is upholding Anishinabe stewardship principles in the face of reckless development.  Having launched their legal challenge just last…

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Hearts strong for Wet’suwet’en

By RAVEN / November 24, 2021 /

Now more than ever the Wet’suwet’en community needs our support. Join benefit concert Dec 4:

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BREAKING! Neskantaga launches Ring of Fire action.

By Karissa Chandrakate / November 24, 2021 /

Neskantaga Nation has launched a legal challenge to push back against reckless mining development in the Ring of Fire. Though the Neskantaga community has been without clean drinking water for over 25 years, Ontario is rushing to approve road-building and mineral exploration permits along the Attawapiskat River in the James Bay region of northern Ontario. …

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