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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.
Festival Afloat 2022 Stories
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.
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…
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.
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:…
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…
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…
Introducing Salt Spring singer, Renée Layla . Catch her performance July 14-16th for the Festival Afloat 2022 Salish Sea Tour.
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…
Festival Afloat 2022 was Presented by
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!