#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,…

#365 Indigenous: John Borrows

By | #365Indigenous | June 16th, 2021

Dr. John Borrows is Anishinaabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.​​​  Borrows credits his mother with teaching him about Indigenous laws while he grew up near Cape Croker, on Georgian Bay in Ontario.  Borrows’ uncle was a former chief, a great-grandfather was a long-serving councillor, and his…

#365 Indigenous: Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

By | #365Indigenous | June 12th, 2021

Ms. Turpel-Lafond is an Indigenous lawyer of Cree and Scottish descent and a senior associate with Woodward & Company LLP. Ms. Turpel-Lafond, or Aki-kwe, is recognized internationally for her pioneering work on Indigenous justice. In addition to holding honorary degrees from nine international universities, she holds a doctorate in law from Harvard Law School and…

Why are Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) conducting their own environmental assessment?

By | Heiltsuk, News | June 11th, 2021

Haíɫzaqv are intricately connected to our natural world, the land, the sea, rivers, all the plants and animals great and small. When any one of these is put at risk, hurt, or displaced it affects us culturally, spiritually, physically, and in ways we cannot put into English words. The Nathan E. Stewart disaster is a prime example of that, and we cannot rely on a colonial system or the polluter , but rather must conduct an environmental impact assessment grounded in our laws, our culture, and values.

Watch RAVEN’s award-winning short documentary, Raven People Rising

By | #SolidarityFromHome, Heiltsuk, Heiltsuk Film Events | June 7th, 2021

Raven People Rising shares the Heiltsuk Nation’s journey towards the first-ever Aboriginal Title claim for seabed and foreshore. Take a trip to the Great Bear Rainforest, and witness the power and strength of the Indigenous Heiltsuk community holding corporations and governments accountable for a devastating spill. Support the Heiltsuk Nation’s legal challenge and explore British…

As Canada delays climate action, Wet’suwet’en push on

By | News, Wet'suwet'en | June 4th, 2021

The Wet’suwet’en challenge Federal Court decision to strike constitutional action After the Federal Court struck the Wet’suwet’en constitutional and Charter challenge last November, two Houses of the Wet’suwet’en Likhts’amisyu (Fireweed) Clan are pressing ahead with an appeal. The case aims to confront Canada’s 30-year record of inaction and the inability of the political process, on…

Sea lice infecting juvenile wild salmon in Okisollo Channel declines by 95%

By | News, Uncategorized | June 2nd, 2021

Great News! The number of sea lice infecting juvenile wild salmon in Okisollo Channel has declined by 95% between 2020 and 2021. Researchers are excited to learn that most of the young salmon look pristine, with iridescent scales untouched by sea lice! For the last 17 years scientists have been monitoring sea lice levels on…

Amazing businesses who donate to RAVEN!

By | Businesses | June 1st, 2021

We would like to celebrate these amazing businesses who have donated to RAVEN! Earth Day supporters! This past Earth Day, our friends at ecologyst launched a limited edition, 100% organic cotton, gender-neutral Earth Day tee, with 50% of the proceeds going to RAVEN! ecologyst is a Lekwungen/Victoria-based outdoor apparel company who produce their apparel locally with…

VIDEO: All About Generational Giving

By | News, Webinars | May 27th, 2021

The transfer of wealth that will take place in the next generation has a huge potential to empower RAVEN’s Indigenous partners. Facing unsustainable industrial development, the Nations we work with are taking courageous legal action to uphold their stewardship responsibilities and defend precious land, air and water for future generations.  Check out the video below to…

Afloat with Heiltsuk Nation

By | Festival Afloat | May 26th, 2021

Like you, we kicked off our shoes and did a little dance when restrictions on gathering outdoors in B.C. were eased. Suddenly, a vision we’ve been nurturing all year suddenly became possible.  We’ve been wondering: what’d happen if we brought together a crew of Indigenous leaders, salty sailors, visionary activists and first-class musicians?  This summer,…

Generational Giving

WEBINAR: Generational Giving – leave a legacy for Indigenous rights and climate action

By | | May 20th, 2021

WEBINAR: Generational Giving – leave a legacy for Indigenous rights and climate action Everything you never knew about the impact you can make. WEDNESDAY MAY 26th, 2021 6:00pm Pacific | 9:00pm Eastern save my spot Jeffrey Nicholls, RAVEN Board President Member of the Lax Kw’alaams Nation and a lawyer Laurie MacKenzie, RAVEN Development Director Linda…

PHOTOS: The Story of Heiltsuk Nation’s spawn-on-kelp fishery

By | Heiltsuk, News, Uncategorized | May 17th, 2021

Story by Megan Humchitt, Heiltsuk Nation Spring is the time you’ll find Heiltsuk mariners out on the water, harvesting herring spawn on kelp (SOK). This ancient fishery involves hanging weighted kelp, “y̓ák̓a” – stringy kelp -”q̓áq̓ḷ̓ís” – flat kelp, and “h̓a̓ṇ́t” hemlock branches or trees placed in the ocean where the herring are known to…

Love letters to the Peace Valley

By | News, Site C Dam | May 17th, 2021

A night of sharing. A film to evoke the beauty and loss in the Peace Valley. And a community of guardians, gathering strength to stand together. Last Wednesday, the RAVEN community gathered, witnessed, and shone. As we contemplate the long road to protect the Peace River from Site C Dam, it’s moments like these –…

Wet’suwet’en leaders vow to press on in wake of BC Supreme Court decision

By | News, Wet'suwet'en | May 6th, 2021

The B.C. Supreme Court has dismissed the Wet’suwet’en petition for a judicial review of Coastal GasLink’s permit extension. In the wake of the decision, Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs vowed to take tall steps necessary to ensure the health of Wedzin Kwa – Morice/Bulkley River and the surrounding watershed. As Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs carefully consider an appeal…

West Moberly First Nations wins key motion in Treaty infringement challenge over Site C

By | News, Site C Dam | May 4th, 2021

BC and BC Hydro must disclose information on dam safety and cost. On April 30, the BC Supreme Court ordered B.C. and BC Hydro to disclose to West Moberly First Nations the full, unredacted Milburn Report and all appendices, as well as all documents relating to the projected final cost and safety of Site C…

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Introducing you to Generational Giving

By | News | May 3rd, 2021

May is Legacy Month – who knew that was even a thing? We don’t often talk about what leaving a gift that represents your values and what your lifetime has looked like. We thought “Legacy Month” would be an excellent opportunity to bring the conversation to our RAVEN community. The transfer of wealth that will…

Ecologyst Earth Day T-Shirt

Sustainable T’s from ecologyst with proceeds to RAVEN!

By | Businesses | April 29th, 2021

This past Earth Day, our friends at ecologyst launched a limited edition, 100% organic cotton, gender-neutral Earth Day tee, with 50% of the proceeds going to RAVEN! ecologyst is a Lekwungen/Victoria-based outdoor apparel company who produce their apparel locally with natural fabrics.  This beautiful and simple Earth Day T-shirt is still available on their website!…

Thomas Berger : A Giant in Advancing Indigenous Rights

By | News, Shoulders of Giants | April 29th, 2021

Thomas Berger’s legendary career involved mentorship and support for generations of people who now stand strong in defence of Indigenous rights and environmental protection. We are incredibly grateful for his legacy.

Online Film Screening: Valley of the Southern North

By | | April 28th, 2021

title of this great event An Online Film Screening and Social WEDNESDAY MAY 12, 2021 7:00pm Pacific buy a ticket You are invited… Valley of the Southern North is a love letter to the people and wildlife of the Peace Valley, and an elegy to the Peace River itself. The Site C dam, now under…

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