Festival Afloat

Salish Sea Tour

July 7-17, 2022


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About the Festival

July 7th-17th, 2022 RAVEN & Scout presented the Festival Afloat Salish Sea Tour: A floating benefit concert for Heiltsuk Nation’s legal challenge protecting the Great Bear Sea and Gitxaała Nation’s campaign to cancel mineral leases on Lax k’naga dzol (Banks Island).

Festival Afloat 2022 raised over $50,000 for Indigenous Justice.

Grab a paddle for Indigenous Justice.

Festival Afloat 2022 supported:

Heiltsuk Nation's Step Up for Coast Heroes

Heiltsuk Nation is taking Kirby — an oil shipping company — Canada, and British Columbia to court. The case focusses on damages from the  catastrophic Nathan E. Stewart spill that spilled toxic fuels into Heiltsuk's marine harvesting areas.

With its legal challenge, Heiltsuk Nation is taking power from regulators asleep at the wheel and bringing the responsibility to protect their territory and the ocean back home.

Gitxaała Nation: Protecting Banks Island

Gitxaała Nation is taking B.C. and several “free miners”, including Global Mineral Resources Corporation, to court over mineral claims in their territory that were registered without notification, consultation or consent.

Right now, B.C. allows corporations to stake mining claims in Indigenous territory without even bothering to notify Indigenous Peoples. Gitxaała Nation is asking the court to uphold Free, Prior and Informed consent, and quash the mineral claims on Banks Island.

Featured Artists

July 7th, Desirée Dawson
July 14-16, Renee Layla
July 11-13, Ms Pan!k

Festival Afloat 2022 Stories

Desirée Dawson smiles on the deck of the Providence tall ship. In the background is a flat of Guayakí Yerba Mate

Festival Afloat 2022: Music, Food, and Sponsors

Festival Afloat 2022: the Salish Sea Tour came together in a beautiful culmination of music, food, paddling, and raising funds and awareness for Indigenous access to justice. We raised over $50,000 for Heiltsuk’s and Gitxaała’s legal campaigns. None of this could have happened without the support from our incredible sponsors or the performances and storytelling from the different musicians and knowledge keepers.

Festival Afloat – A Gallery of 2022 events!

We want to give a BIG THANKS to SCOUT and Guayaki for sponsoring this year’s festival afloat! We would also like to thank to everyone who came out and floated with us. This year’s concerts…

The providence tall ship anchored in the water surrounded by paddlers. The logos from "Scout" and "RAVEN" are centered across the image.

Thank-you Scout, Festival Afloat 2022’s presenting sponsor

Thank-you Scout Canning, the presenting sponsor of RAVEN’s Festival Afloat 2022 Salish Sea Tour. Read more about Scout’s sustainable seafood and their founder, Charlotte Langley.

A magical launch to Festival Afloat

Last night was magic.  We raised nearly $5k at Festival Afloat’s amazing Vancouver launch thanks to folks who donated and bought tickets. Our amazing sponsors Scout & Guayaki continue to match donations, dollar for dollar:…

Gourmet purveyors dish for Festival Afloat

In constructing the perfect charcuterie offering, it helps to have B.C.’s finest farmers, mixologists, fishers, cheesemakers and chefs on board. RAVEN is NOT a tour company: we’re a scrappy NGO raising legal defence funds to…

Meet the Providence: Festival Afloat’s floating stage

Paddle up to B.C.’s oldest ship to enjoy great music in support of RAVEN’s Indigenous justice campaigns. Protect marine ecosystems while rocking out to great bands at one of our floating concerts, or jump aboard…

Renee Layla Bio photo

Introducing Salt Spring singer Renée Layla, Festival Afloat 2022 performer!

Introducing Salt Spring singer, Renée Layla . Catch her performance July 14-16th for the Festival Afloat 2022 Salish Sea Tour. 

Introducing songstress Desirée Dawson, Festival Afloat 2022 performer!

We are excited to announce that Desirée Dawson will be performing at our Festival Afloat 2022 concert in Vancouver! Desirée Dawson is a JUNO-nominated recording artist, songwriter, producer and yoga teacher. She was born, raised…

digital illustration of a wooden sailboat with a person aboard holding a small string instrument up. Musical notes float up from the instrument. An orca is in the water in front of the boat and a dolphin is jumping out of the water behind the boat

Festival Afloat 2022 Music Festival: The Salish Sea Tour Dates and Tickets

RAVEN is inviting you to purchase your Festival Afloat 2022 Salish Sea Tour tickets now! July 7-16 we’ll be sailing to different locations across the Salish Sea and bringing together musicians, music lovers, and paddlers to raise funds for Heiltsuk Nation’s “Step Up for Coast Heroes” campaign and the Gitxaala Nation campaign.

Festival Afloat 2022 was Presented by


Barefoot Cruises

During Festival Afloat 2022 Salish Sea Tour, RAVEN supporters came aboard the Providence, a soaring 80 foot sailing ship for 3 hour sailing cruises around Vancouver, Victoria and the Gulf Islands! They heard from Indigenous tour guides telling stories and sharing  knowledge about the Indigenous history, culture and ecology of the area. All proceeds supported Heiltsuk and Gitxaala Nation’s legal challenges to protect marine ecosystems and Indigenous rights!

Changing the Landscape, One Victory at a Time.

“It’s not every day that we come across an organization such as yours that would assist First Nations with such a cause as ours. Mahsi cho for all your efforts and RAVEN for providing fundraising and support to the Peel Land Use Planning court session. It has been an honor to work with you on this initiative.”

— Chief Roberta Joseph, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in

"We are the legal agents in this world. We all have the opportuntiy to practice law: sometimes that's done by standing with Indigenous Peoples and working with them in direct ways,  but also it means in some instances providing resources to help Indigenous Peoples as they're raising their voice. And so, providing resources is actually a practice of law. It's a custom that can be used to put us in relationship with one another."

— John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, University of Victoria

"One of the upsides of these fights is that they have created the wonderful opportunity to bring an awful lot of good people together. And as we move forward into our history, our coalitions our alliances are becoming a lot more broad based, and collectively we are taking ownership of the fact that this is our home. And our home is worth defending."

— Saul Brown, Heiltsuk Reconciliation Negotiator