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Elderberry Farmers in Solidarity with Secwepemc

By Maia Wikler / February 20, 2021 /

For RAVEN’s “In Conversation” series via Instagram, we spoke with Louise Lecouffe from Elderberry Grove about her inspiring efforts to fundraise for RAVEN’s campaign supporting Secwepmenc Nation.  For the last 12,000 years, the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation has managed the land and resources of their unceded territory in interior B.C. Their traditional knowledge and stewardship…

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“Full Fledged Tricksters”: Val Napoleon & the Indigenous Law Research Unit

By Andrea Palframan / February 2, 2021 /

On this episode, we took a walk with the  director of the world’s first Joint Degree Program in Indigenous and Common Law, Val Napoleon, and her colleague Rebecca Johnson. Meet Julianna Alexander, a Secwepmec elder and research partner with the Indigenous Law Research Unit, and student researcher and JID student Carolyn Belleau. Hear from this dynamic…

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Art as Activism with Fanny Aishaa

By Maia Wikler / January 27, 2021 /

The power of art can move us to bring about change. Art can be an essential tool in mobilizing communities to act for justice by spurring the capacity to imagine a better world. Fanny Aishaa is a renowned visual artist and muralist whose work has coloured streets from Montreal to community spaces in Brazil and…

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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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Top 10 Indigenous Movies/TV Shows

By RAVEN / December 30, 2020 /

Cozy up with these incredible, moving television shows and movies featuring Indigenous artists, actors, creators, producers, filmmakers and directors.  Trickster It’s the northwest coast like you’ve never seen it before. For everyone at RAVEN who supported the Nations along the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline route, this insightful series will provide context for the layered…

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RAVEN’s 10 Recommended Indigenous Reads

By Maia Wikler / December 30, 2020 /

Despite the stay-at-home orders and canceled holiday gatherings, this winter can be the perfect time to retreat inward, curl up by the fire with a hot cup of tea and a good book. Let the words, stories and visions of these incredible writers be a balm during these cold nights and challenging times. Special thanks…

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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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Top 10 Indigenous Podcasts

By RAVEN / December 29, 2020 /

The current renaissance in Indigenous-authored podcasts is part of a global movement for Indigenous peoples to not only share their stories but to also have agency over the representation of their stories. ‘Indigenous podcasts have emerged as a tool to ‘decolonize the airwaves.’ — Taylor Mitchell, The Grassroots Journal  At RAVEN, we’re excited to share the…

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VIDEO: Outspoken women warriors share from the heart

By Andrea Palframan / December 17, 2020 /

Last night on a RAVEN webinar, we heard the spirited stories, soulful songs and passionate teachings of Birdy Markert, Desirée Dawson and Helen Knott. Though we were each in our separate homes, seeing each other in our living rooms with fires lit and armchairs rocking to the sweet tunes  felt like having a visit with…

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