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: TBA: a location near Jericho Beach. Ticket holders will be given full details in early AugustDate: Saturday August 14th, 7 pmMusician: Desirée Dawson Throw down your canoe, kayak, paddle board, rowboat … whatever you got! and drift out to the…

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.…

Montreal floats live jazz show for Indigenous rights

By | Festival Afloat | July 14th, 2021

Save the date! Saturday August 21st, Montreal will float on the beautiful sounds of a jazz quartet in the outdoor courtyard of Le Livart on rue St. Denis.

Victoria Float Up Concerts – July 22 AND July 29

By | Events, Festival Afloat, News | July 12th, 2021

Float your canoe, kayak, paddleboard, floatie, rowboat (you name it!) to some music and stories on the dock at Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club, featuring Kwakwaka’wakw & Songhees/Coast Salish artist Brianna Dick and live music!

Float Up Concert on Victoria’s Gorge July 29

By | | July 12th, 2021

Victoria Float Up Concert JULY 29 An evening of music and stories on and for the water THURSDAY July 29, 2021 6:00pm Pacific – Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club save my spot ŦEȺLIE, Brianna Marie Dick Kwakwaka’wakw & Songhees/Coast Salish  Cara Bateman Anyone can hear what makes Cara Bateman’s voice special the moment she starts…

Float Up Concert on Victoria’s Gorge

By | | July 12th, 2021

Victoria Float Up Concert – July 22 An evening of music and stories on and for the water THURSDAY July 22, 2021 6:00pm Pacific – Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club GET TICKETS ŦEȺLIE, Brianna Marie Dick Kwakwaka’wakw & Songhees/Coast Salish  ANSWER Drum Group ANSWER Drum Group ANSWER is an urban Victoria women’s drum group with…

Salt Spring Island Concert Afloat

By | Festival Afloat, Uncategorized | July 6th, 2021

RAVEN is ready to host our second floating concert of the season on Thursday, July 15! Our first attempt was derailed by “Junuary” rains but undaunted, we ride again. From a dock on Cusheon Lake, before an audience of folks in small watercraft & paddleboards, the wonderful Bill Henderson (Chilliwack, UHF, Order of Canada) is…

A Day in the Life: Witness Heiltsuk’s Indigenous Environmental Assessment

By | | June 30th, 2021

WEBINAR: A Day in the Life Travel with Heiltsuk Nation on the Great Bear Sea WEDNESDAY July 14, 2021 6:00pm Pacific | 9:00pm Eastern save my spot Justin Page, Firelight Justin is a Senior Regulatory Advisor at the Firelight Group. He has 15+ years of experience in Canadian environmental policy research, impact assessment, and Indigenous…

An oil spill in Heiltsuk waters

By | Heiltsuk, News | June 21st, 2021

Heiltsuk Nation is currently conducting its own, Indigenous-led Environmental Impact Assessment, drawing on Indigenous ecological knowledge and western science to determine the health of the spill area, which has beena marine breadbasket for Indigenous peoples since time immemorial. The Heiltsuk are determined to heal the land and waters — but to do so, they need patient observation and hard data.

#365 Indigenous: Pam Palmater

By | #365Indigenous | June 21st, 2021

Dr. Pamela D. Palmater is a Mi’kmaw citizen and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick.  A practicing lawyer for decades, Palmater also holds the Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University. A formidable scholar, she has her Masters and Doctorate in law from Dalhousie University Law School, where she…

#365Indigenous: Jody Wilson Raybould – Puglaas

By | #365Indigenous | June 20th, 2021

Kwakwaka’wakw lawyer and MP Jody Wilson Raybould is a trailblazing Indigenous leader. Celebrating Puglaas, today and every day. #365indigenous

#365indigenous: Marion Buller

By | #365Indigenous | June 20th, 2021

Marion Buller is a Cree woman and member of Mistawasis First Nation in Saskatchewan.  Buller was the first female Indigenous judge appointed to the British Columbia provincial court, where she served 22 years.  She established the First Nations Courts of British Columbia in 2006, a criminal sentencing court which uses restorative justice and traditional ways…

#365indigenous: Murray Sinclair

By | #365Indigenous | June 20th, 2021

Murray Sinclair’s Ojibway name Mizanay Gheezhik:  “The One Who Speaks of Pictures in the Sky.” He grew up  on the former St. Peter’s Indian Reserve in the Selkirk area north of Winnipeg, Manitoba.  After being called to the bar in Manitoba in 1980, Sinclair worked to advance Aboriginal rights as a professor at the University…

#365 Indigenous: Terri-Lynn(Lalaxaaygans) Williams-Davidson

By | #365Indigenous | June 20th, 2021

Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson (Gid7ahl-Gudsllaay Lalaxaaygans) is a Haida musician, author, activist, artist, and lawyer who has dedicated herself to the continuation of Haida language and culture. Born and raised in Haida Gwaii, Williams-Davidson was given the name “Lalaxaaygans” – meaning  “Beautiful Sound” – by her maternal great-grandmother Susan Williams, who was a song custodian.  Through her…

#365 Indigenous: Delia Opekokew

By | #365Indigenous | June 19th, 2021

Cree lawyer and writer Delia Opekokew is from Canoe Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada. A residential school survivor, she blazed a trail as the first First Nations lawyer to ever be admitted to the bar association in Ontario and in Saskatchewan. Fresh out of law school she was a partner at Zlotkin & Opekokew,…

#365 Indigenous: Ardith (Walpetko We’dalx) Walkem

By | #365Indigenous | June 18th, 2021

Ardith Walkem is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation and grew up in Spence’s Bridge, Salmon Arm and Chilliwack.  A formidable force for justice, Walkem is the trailblazing first Indigenous woman to be appointed as a judge to the BC Supreme Court. Called to the bar in 1996, Walkem practiced with Cedar and Sage Law,…

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