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From harm to harmony: Ecocide as an instrument of international law

By Andrea Palframan / January 20, 2021 /

“Criminalizing harm to nature echoes the universal, fundamental law of reciprocity: if you damage Mother Earth, there are consequences,” says Jojo Mehta of Stop Ecocide. “That is an increasingly obvious fact.” Protecting the future of life on Earth means stopping the mass damage and destruction of ecosystems taking place globally.  This serious harm to nature…

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Mobilizing passion into action with Mary Lovell

By Maia Wikler / January 19, 2021 /

Mary Lovell has spent the last decade dedicated to the dynamic intricacies of organizing for climate justice and Indigenous rights. From supporting the Tiny House Warriors and rappelling from Vancouver’s Ironworkers Memorial Bridge in an aerial blockade to stop tanker traffic, to raising tens of thousands of dollars for Pull Together to support the Indigenous-led…

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Drawn & Quarterly: creatively supporting RAVEN

By Karissa Chandrakate / January 10, 2021 /

We would like to send a big THANK YOU to Drawn and Quarterly for donating $1000 to RAVEN in October 2020. They have also committed to donating annually to support Indigenous legal challenges. We are grateful for their support! “Recently, D+Q has asked ourselves what it means to have a land acknowledgement on our website…

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Watch your Head? – Environmental justice anthology supports RAVEN

By Andrea Palframan / January 8, 2021 /

A warning, a movement, a collection borne of protest. The “Watch Your Head” anthology features poems, stories, essays, and artwork that sound the alarm on the present and future consequences of the climate emergency. Ice caps are melting, wildfires are raging, and species extinction is accelerating. Dire predictions about the climate emergency from scientists, Indigenous…

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Found in translation: new perspectives on RAVEN’s mission

By Andrea Palframan / January 7, 2021 /

Indigenous languages are like mirrors held up to illuminate the lands and waters from which they come. Alive with the sounds of ancestors, these languages are deeply rooted in, and emergent from, particular ecosystems: influenced by rivers and birdsong, the words are the threads that weave people to place.

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RAVEN welcomes Rob Hallam, our new board treasurer!

By Andrea Palframan / January 6, 2021 /

With more than 35 years of experience as a senior executive in the non-profit sector, Rob Hallam brings expertise in strategic planning, community development, governance, and fundraising.   We are so excited to welcome Rob to the RAVEN board in the very critical role of treasurer. Rob has an MBA in strategic planning and a…

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Small business, SIC.Co Activewear, donates 10% of net profits to RAVEN.

By Karissa Chandrakate / January 6, 2021 /

We are kicking 2021 off with a shoutout to small business SIC.Co Activewear for choosing to donate 10% of their net profits to support Indigenous legal challenges! SIC.Co is focused on helping Canadians lead healthier and more active lives by providing them with activewear that helps them look good, feel good and, most importantly, do…

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Stop enforcing unjust injunctions: an open letter to RCMP on TMX

By Andrea Palframan / January 2, 2021 /

The following letter has been signed by a growing list of NGOs, community organizations and activists. It calls on police who enforce injunctions that violate Indigenous rights to uphold international agreements (UNDRIP, Paris Climate Accord) and consider their special responsibility to treat Indigenous Peoples with fairness after generations of enforcing brutal residential school family separations.

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10 Great Indigenous Musicians to Listen to in 2021

By RAVEN / December 30, 2020 /

Digging Roots ShoShona Kish and Raven Kanetatka are an Anishinabe power couple and blues duo who spin new twists on ancient traditions. Merging blues, pow-wow and hip hop, their band Digging Roots has headlined festivals across the country; the pair have collaborated with A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq and Kinnie Starr. But what sets…

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Love in the time of COVID: A RAVEN 2020 retrospective

By Andrea Palframan / December 23, 2020 /

Working with RAVEN lets us all be lifted up by incredible stories of people and communities who know very well that this struggle for justice is a long game. People who, in the face of outrageous inequities and racist power structures that conspire to hold them back, have persisted, resisted, and triumphed.

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