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Wild for Salmon: Homalco and Tla’amin Nations appeal decision that would sideline them from fish farms challenge

By | Nations, News, Salmon Defenders | September 23rd, 2021

When four salmon farm companies filed a legal challenge to Canada’s decision to phase out open-net salmon farms in the Discovery Islands, Homalco and Tla’amin Nations stepped up. The Nations, known together as Sister Nations, applied to join the proceedings: with all five species of Pacific salmon in serious decline in their territories, Homalco and…

Blaze a trail to the Supreme Court with Beaver Lake Cree Nation.

By | Defend the Treaties, Nations | September 15th, 2021

Once upon a time, a band of visionaries joined forces to ride the rails across Canada. Comprising Indigenous chiefs, lawyers, activists and artists, the group made the cross-country train journey to protest the lack of recognition of Aboriginal rights in the repatriation of the Canadian constitution. The Constitution Express became an international sensation, forcing the…

Beaver Lake Cree Nation is headed to the Supreme Court!

By | Defend the Treaties, News | September 11th, 2021

On November 4, Beaver Lake Cree Nation will appear before Canada’s highest court in a bid to reinstate a cost award which the Nation says is the only way to bring a decade-long treaty rights challenge finally to trial. Support Beaver Lake Cree Nation’s urgent legal work to prepare for the hearing in Ottawa. “What…

Save the Date, Salt Spring!

By | Festival Afloat | September 9th, 2021

Here we float again! Join an on-the-water, paddle powered concert afloat with RAVEN! You are invited to join the show by paddling your kayak, canoe, rowboat or stand-up paddleboards to the deck of the Pontiki, a handcrafted pontoon that will serve as a floating stage for the wonderful Luke Wallace.  About the Event Festival Afloat:…

A musical evening in Montreal for Wet’suwet’en Nation!

By | Festival Afloat, Wet'suwet'en | August 30th, 2021

On August 21st, the Montreal community gathered at the Le Livart art gallery in support of Wet’suwet’en Nation. Though we didn’t gather on the water, it was still a part of our #FestivalAfloat concerts across Canada in support of Indigenous legal challenges! The opening act was performed by guitarists Chris van Soest and Hugh Durnford-Dionne!…

RAVEN is looking for a new Development & Engagement Coordinator!

By | News | August 24th, 2021

Join the country’s only organization dedicated to advancing Indigenous rights and environmental protection through fundraising for access to justice.  Fundraising is in our DNA: everything we do has the simple, powerful goal of motivating people to donate, fundraise, and organize events in support of Nations which take to the courts to advance their rights and…

PHOTOS: On the water with RAVEN at #festivalafloat Vancouver

By | Festival Afloat, News | August 15th, 2021

A golden evening raised over $20k in support of Heiltsuk Nation with RAVEN and Desiree Dawson. Experience #festivalafloat at Jericho Beach!

Join us for our #FestivalAfloat in Montreal for Wet’suwet’en Nation!

By | Events, Festival Afloat, Wet'suwet'en | August 11th, 2021

Join us on August 21st 2021 as we gather on the water in support of Wet’suwet’en Nation! This is another in a series of floating concerts happening this summer across Turtle Island to support Indigenous legal challenges. Come on out and listen to some smooth jazz and inspiring indigenous speakers in the courtyard of Le…

Denman Island Chocolate : Sweet Solidarity

By | Businesses, Events, Festival Afloat | August 6th, 2021

RAVEN and Denman Island Chocolate go way back: all the way to 2014, when the island-based social enterprise stepped up to support our campaign to stop a tar sands pipeline. We spoke with owner Daniel Terry about how and why his company is dedicated to putting solidarity into action.  “When the Enbridge pipeline was proposed…

Food Waste to Food Cycle: Listening to Indigenous Voices across Turtle Island

By | EssayPrize | August 4th, 2021

Second prize winning paper by Atlanta Grant on how Indigenous teachings about food practices inform respectful relationships with plants, animals, and the living world.

My Story – Wasii’aa Gizhigo Inini

By | EssayPrize | August 4th, 2021

We are thrilled to present Wade Houle with First Place in our Harmony Foundation Essay Prize, for his winning paper, ” My Story – Wasii’aa Gizhigo Inini”.

Tranquil evening on the water for West Moberly First Nations.

By | Festival Afloat, Organizers, Site C Dam | August 4th, 2021

Thank you to everyone who came out to our second floating concert in Victoria in support of the legal challenges of West Moberly First Nations! On July 29th, we hosted our second concert on the Gorge to raise funds to West Moberly First Nations’ legal challenge to Site C Dam. The Nation is pursuing a…

A flood of support to protect the Peace

By | Featured, News, Site C Dam | August 4th, 2021

When we planned to get together for a different kind of “Paddle for the Peace” this summer, we expected a smattering of supporters to float up for a mellow evening of music and friendship in Victoria. That’s exactly what happened. But what we didn’t predict was what big waves our “Festival Afloat” would make! From…

Vancouver Festival Afloat at Jericho Beach

By | | August 3rd, 2021

Vancouver Festival Afloat – Jericho Beach An paddle powered, on-the-water floating concert! SATURDAY August 14, 2021 7:00pm Pacific – Jericho Beach save my spot Desirée Dawson Desirée Dawson is a recording artist, songwriter, producer and yoga teacher. Desiree was born, raised and is currently residing on the, occupied, traditional, unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam),…

A beautiful evening on the water for West Moberly First Nations.

By | News, Paddlers, Site C Dam | July 23rd, 2021

Last night, at the first in RAVEN’s ‘Festival Afloat” concert series on Victoria’s Gorge waterway, we heard the Songhees story of Camossung and how the rocks in the the tidal inlet at the narrows were formed by Hayls, the creator, and how camas came to be the staple food of the Songhees people from knowledge…

A magical evening afloat for Heiltsuk Nation

By | Heiltsuk, News, Uncategorized | July 16th, 2021

A glorious sun drenched evening on Cusheon Lake brought paddlers – and swimmers – out to hear the sweet tunes of Yael Wand and the legendary Bill Henderson (Chiliwack, UHF). Kwakiutl elder Christine Hunt opened the event to thank people for their support of her Heiltsuk relatives, and by calling for a minute of silence…

Paddle up to the Providence for a Vancouver Concert Afloat!

By | Festival Afloat | July 15th, 2021

Save the date! Saturday August 14th, join a community paddle in Vancouver to support Heiltsuk Nation. Location: Jericho Beach: launch your boat here or paddle to the Jericho pier from Spanish Banks, Kits Beach or False CreekDate: Saturday August 14th, 7 pmMusician: Desirée Dawson Throw down your canoe, kayak, paddle board, rowboat … whatever you got!…

VIDEO: Inside an Indigenous Environmental Assessment

By | Heiltsuk, News | July 15th, 2021

Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management’s Diana Chan joined Firelight Group’s Justin Chan to take us out onto the water in Heiltsuk territory with the team who are conducting an ambitious and unique Indigenous Environmental Impact Assessment in the Great Bear Sea. Learn about the blending of western science with Indigenous knowledge, and discover special shellfish stewardship practices.

Shine Bootcamp raises 5K for Beaver Lake Cree Nation!

By | Businesses, News | July 15th, 2021

Sending a BIG thank you to Shine Bootcamp for raising over $5000 for Beaver Lake Cree Nation back in March during their speaker showcase! Beaver Lake Cree Nation continue their fight against the cumulative impacts of oil sand extraction on their territory. Shine Bootcamp is a startup organization that provides intensive training for women wanting…

Traditional Heiltsuk Clam Fritter Recipe

By | Heiltsuk, News | July 14th, 2021

Mussels, clams and oysters have been an important part of the diet for many First Nations communities for thousands of years. On the Northwest Coast, clams were often dried in large quantities for use. Clams were first steamed open in an earth oven and then strung on sticks and roasted over a bed of coals.…

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