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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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What Impacts the Orcas Will Impact Us All

By Maia Wikler / December 2, 2020 /

During the summer of 2018, a stunned world watched in sorrow as a mother orca, Tahlequah, carried her dead newborn for at least 17 days for over 1,000 miles off the Pacific Northwest coast in an unprecedented display of grief. Tahlequah is a member of the J Pod of Southern Resident Killer Whales. The orcas…

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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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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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Earnest Ice Cream offers RAVEN a cool $6K!

By Karissa Chandrakate / October 13, 2020 /

Here at RAVEN, we’re so grateful to all the businesses that continuously step up to show support for Indigenous rights. Earnest Ice Cream recently raised $6000 for Indigenous legal challenges. During a time where small businesses are experiencing deep uncertainty, it’s humbling to see them continue to take a stand for justice. Earnest Ice Cream…

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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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Some of Our Favourite Indigenous Authors

By Maia Wikler / August 19, 2020 /

It is no secret that knowledge is power, and we can wield storytelling as a tool for justice. Equipped with both, we can find ourselves nurtured, inspired and informed as we continue planting seeds for a more just world. These Indigenous authors and their powerful books have come highly recommended by the incredible community of RAVEN…

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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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