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Uprooting environmental racism

By Andrea Palframan / November 19, 2020 /

RAVEN’s vision for a just and sustainable future calls for us to push back against environmental racism. But what does ‘environmental racism’ really mean, and how can folks committed to anti-racist, decolonizing work participate in dismantling it?  Coined by Benjamin Chavis, a Black civil rights leader, the term ‘environmental racism’ refers to a set of…

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WEBINAR: Dr. John Borrows & the nature of justice

By Andrea Palframan / November 17, 2020 /

Hopping on Zoom is one way to sustain networks of resilience that can help us weather the coming storms.  Join RAVEN now as a monthly donor and get an exclusive invite to a webinar Wednesday, December 9th with Anishnabe & Ojibwe scholar Dr. John Borrows!  The co-founder of Canada’s first joint degree program in Indigenous…

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A Key Strategy to Stop the Tar Sands: International Alliance

By Maia Wikler / November 10, 2020 /

In northern Alberta, Beaver Lake Cree Nation has stewarded the lands since time immemorial. But now, their traditional territory has become ground zero for dirty fossil fuel expansion.  The tar sands involve both open-pit mining of bitumen, and ‘in-situ’ steam extraction to pull bitumen from deep within the Earth. Both methods cause devastating water pollution…

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Musicians dedicate fundraiser to Indigenous legal challenges.

By Karissa Chandrakate / November 6, 2020 /

We are so grateful to the band VSUVIUS for fundraising for RAVEN with their new song Water, which was written for water and climate justice. “Water is inspired by returning to roots and nature’s strength and resiliency. This isn’t about what’s wrong or right— only human rights.  Water is the basic fundamental nature of life.…

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North Carolina Scholarship Students pitch into RAVEN

By Karissa Chandrakate / November 5, 2020 /

We RAVENs were delighted to receive this lovely letter from a group of passionate students in the U.S. Read on to find out why this group of young scholars chose RAVEN as the recipient of their civic engagement fund. “We are a group of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and…

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Indigenous Stewardship is true Conservation: We Need to Move Beyond Eco-Colonialism

By Maia Wikler / October 30, 2020 /

Since time immemorial, Indigenous Peoples have stewarded the lands and waters in this place now known as Canada.  Through advanced practices, grounded in Indigenous law, these ways of knowing and being have supported abundant, thriving ecosystems.  Historically Canada’s approach to conservation was grounded in a romanticized idea of an empty, untouched, pristine wilderness devoid of…

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COVID 19: No excuse to delay reconciliation

By Maia Wikler / October 26, 2020 /

While pipeline construction, man camps and resource extraction continued unencumbered throughout the pandemic, long standing commitments to Indigenous rights and reconciliation are taking a back seat. The pandemic has jeopardized delivery of the Canadian government’s reconciliation commitments, including a promise to end all long-term boil-water advisories on First Nation’s reserves by next March. The September…

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Q&A with Wet’suwet’en legal counsel D.J. Larkin

By RAVEN / October 26, 2020 /

We sat down with lawyer D.J. Larkin, together with matriarchs from Wet’suwet’en Nation, for an engaging, powerful and emotional webinar last October 20th. You can view the video of that conversation here. Many people had questions for Larkin which we didn’t have time to unpack during that presentation. Here are some deeper dives into the…

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Lawyer. Academic. Mother. Changemaker: Meet Kekinusuqs Dr. Judith Sayers

By RAVEN / October 24, 2020 /

| Story by Rachel Ivey | Dr. Judith Sayers has so many accomplishments to her name, it would take a documentary film series to cover them all. This dynamic, generous leader is constantly in motion, constantly in service, and yet always seems to have time to work on issues that arise in her community, and…

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RAVEN calls on the Federal and Nova Scotia Governments to uphold the honour and integrity of the Crown in their dealings with the Mi’kmaq people.

By RAVEN / October 24, 2020 /

RAVEN  (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) calls on the Federal and Nova Scotia Governments to uphold the honour and integrity of the Crown in their dealings with the Mi’kmaq people and secure peace and friendship consistent with treaty promises.  RAVEN is disheartened at the violence being perpetrated against Mi’kmaq people in an attempt to…

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