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PHOTOS: The Story of Heiltsuk Nation’s spawn-on-kelp fishery

By Andrea Palframan / May 17, 2021 /

Story by Megan Humchitt, Heiltsuk Nation Spring is the time you’ll find Heiltsuk mariners out on the water, harvesting herring spawn on kelp (SOK). This ancient fishery involves hanging weighted kelp, “y̓ák̓a” – stringy kelp -”q̓áq̓ḷ̓ís” – flat kelp, and “h̓a̓ṇ́t” hemlock branches or trees placed in the ocean where the herring are known to…

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Save the Date! Festival Afloat’s Salish Sea Tour July 7-16, 2022

By RAVEN / April 12, 2021 /

🚣 hey! You’re early! 🏄‍♀️ We’ll be selling tickets to LIVE events and to our special limited edition event livestreams starting soon. Save the dates: the tour will be July 7-16, 2022! Meanwhile, click here to stay connected to RAVEN and be the first to find out when tickets go on sale!

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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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Elderflower tea supporting Secwepemc Nation

By Andrea Palframan / December 23, 2020 /

To celebrate winter solstice return of the sun, the good folks at Elderberry Farm bottled up some golden sunshine… with proceeds to RAVEN!

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“OUTSPOKEN” – Songs and stories in solidarity

By Andrea Palframan / November 28, 2020 /

While your hatches may be battened down and your blankets snuggled close, we want to invite you – from the comfort of your sofa –  to meet some inspiring leaders on a special RAVEN year-end webinar.   Wednesday, December 16, join RAVEN to hear from activist, social worker, mother and Dane-zaa author Helen Knott. In 2020…

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VIDEO: We Are RAVEN, taking flight this Giving Tuesday

By Andrea Palframan / November 28, 2020 /

Today is Giving Tuesday.  Together, we are building a foundation for future generations grounded in respect, reciprocity, and shared stewardship values. This Giving Tuesday, we are proud to launch our new website: please share our new video and let folks in your network know about RAVEN!

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Found in Translation: new perspectives on RAVEN’s mission

By Andrea Palframan / November 27, 2020 /

As anyone who speaks more than one language knows, the process of  translation can be opaque and imprecise, not to mention frustrating. Carried out with care and  consideration, however, it can also be  creative and insight-filled. Words like “reconciliation”, “solidarity”, and “justice” all have subjective meanings. So: what happens when we attempt to find equivalents…

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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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Courageous Conversations

By Andrea Palframan / June 1, 2020 /

Courageous Conversations are about fostering “Lateral Kindness” by offering people teaching and learning tools that are inclusive, accessible and compelling. With case after case being won by Indigenous Nations in the courts, a new generation of scholars, legal experts and grassroots leaders are leading a quiet revolution in Canadian history. If law is something that…

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Coming Full Circle on Site C

By Andrea Palframan / January 5, 2018 /

RAVEN donors raised a total of $304,000 for West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations’ legal challenges to the proposed BC Hydro Site C dam project. Thanks to your donations and some heavy lifting by LeadNow,  the Justice for the Peace Caravan rode an uplifting wave of support all the way from the Peace, across the Prairies,…

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