RAVEN - Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs

As Heiltsuk Raises the Roof on Their Historic Big House, RAVEN Launches a Week of Action

Heiltusk are raising a Big House in the heart of their community where they can host potlatches, hold ceremonies and carry out traditional governance of their territory. It’s no coincidence that the Big House opens on the anniversary of the Nathan E. Stewart spill. Fiercely determined to enshrine Indigenous stewardship practices into law, the Heiltsuk...
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Help the Tŝilhqot’in Nation Protect Teẑtan Biny: An ongoing fight to protect our sacred lands and waters

The Tŝilhqot’in won another legal victory in its protection of Teẑtan Biny, but the fight isn’t over yet. We need your help. Make a donation to the legal fund today! The Tŝilhqot’in Nation celebrated yet another legal victory that has once again prevented a massive drilling program at Teẑtan Biny in support of the rejected...
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VIFF to screen RAVEN’s Heiltsuk film at Pacific Cinemateque October 8

This special screening features two films that delve into Indigenous Nations’ relationships with the respective lands they call home. In Raven People Rising (dir. Andrea Palframan), we learn of the ancestral teachings that powerfully connect the Heiltsuk Nation to the Great Bear Rainforest. Meanwhile, When the Tide Goes Out(dir. Eliot Galan) examines how food sovereignty...
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Game-changing: The Bitumen Reference Case

Who gets to regulate the flow of bitumen through boundary-traversing pipelines: the province or the federal government? That’s been the question at the heart of the prosaically-named “Bitumen Reference” case that, after being dismissed by the Federal Court of Appeals, is now set to be heard before the Supreme Court of Canada.  Maybe, though, that...
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Sentencing of Kirby Takes Place in Bella Bella, an Unprecedented Assertion of Indigenous Law

In October, 2016 a tug without a certified pilot ran aground and spilled over 110,000 liters of diesel oil in Heiltsuk waters on the central coast of British Columbia. The tug and attached barge were carrying diesel through Heiltsuk waters despite Heiltsuk prohibition of oil transport through their marine harvesting areas. Through inadequate government and corporate...
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