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Hard-fought Constitutional protection could lose its meaning

By Andrea Palframan / September 15, 2020 /

On the west coast of North America, smoke from massive wildfires has choked out the sun. Amidst floods on the Gulf Coast and record breaking temperatures in the Arctic, the pressures of a changing climate are being felt across Turtle Island.  Today, a courageous Indigenous Nation is facing down that climate calamity with determined action.…

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A remarkable floating fundraiser for remarkable times

By Andrea Palframan / September 2, 2020 /

A group of islanders have found a unique way to host a covid-safe, socially distanced fundraiser. Thursday, September 3’s “Throw a Boat Down” event will be a paddle-powered, floating concert in support of RAVEN. The show will be livestreamed to audiences everywhere from a floating stage anchored just off the coast of Salt Spring Island.…

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7 Indigenous Businesses the RAVEN Community Loves

By Maia Wikler / August 19, 2020 /

Back in May we asked our supporters on social media to share some of their favourite Indigenous-owned businesses they love to support, we rounded up the most popular suggestions! Copper Canoe Woman @coppercanoewoman Wild Greens Sovereignty @wildgreenssovereignty Skwalwen Botanicals @skwalwenbotanicals Indigenous intentions @indigenousintentions Mamawi Creations @mamawicreations Among the Wildflowers @among_the_wildflowers Thunderbird woman reads@thunderbuirdwomanreads

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Overturning racist policies: Podcast with RAVEN’s Ana Simeon

By Andrea Palframan / July 31, 2020 /

The murder of George Floyd has sparked a global movements to overturn racist policies and institutions.  Canada has its own history with racism embodied in the colonial agenda to dispossess First Nations of their inherent rights and title over the land.  In Episode 9 of the Awake in Relationship podcast, our  Fundraising Campaigns Director, Ana…

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Reclamation of Governance: Short Film on Heiltsuk’s Constitution

By Maia Wikler / 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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Winners announced: essays by young scholars explore Indigenous law, environmental planning

By Andrea Palframan / July 23, 2020 /

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2020 Harmony Environmental Essay Prize for Young Scholars. Please meet our winners and read their carefully researched papers: First Place –  Da Chen “Sharing of the Dish: The Dish with One Spoon and Environmental Planning in Toronto” Through key informant interviews, this paper explores the work…

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Folk that Pipeline Raises $10K for First Nations to stop TMX

By Maia Wikler / July 17, 2020 /

Over 1000+ people signed up for last night’s “Folk The Pipeline” festival. This incredible community raised over $10k to ignite the next phase of support for Indigenous legal action against Trans Mountain. With stellar sets by Dan Mangan, The Wilds and Luke Wallace, we came together with warmth and solidarity to renew our commitments to…

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Water is Life: Coldwater steps up to protect aquifer

By Maia Wikler / July 17, 2020 /

The Legal Battle against Trans Mountain Expansion Project Continues: Coldwater Perseveres to Protect Drinking Water On July 2nd, 2020, our community watched in dismay as the legal challenges of the Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band were pushed aside;  Nations pressing for their Section 35 rights were denied leave to appeal by the…

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A volcano brewing beneath Canada

By Andrea Palframan / July 16, 2020 /

Was it only two years ago that Canada promised to develop legislation to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? Just three years since Prime Minister Trudeau declared that no relationship was more important to this country than the one with Indigenous Peoples? And has it really been five years since people…

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Orca soundings and the seeds of regeneration

By Andrea Palframan / July 16, 2020 /

This piece comes from a talk given at the opening of “Against the Current”, an art exhibit featuring work by Salish Sea artists in celebration of orca culture.  Learn more about the Orca Soundings project at https://orcasoundings.org. Moby Dick is a book that presents one of the most pure villains in literature: Ahab, the captain…

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