Infographic illustrating Heiltsuk Nation’s legal challenge to Kirby Corp and BC over oil spill.

By | Heiltsuk, Nations, News | October 13th, 2021

Five years ago today, the Nathan E Stewart tug-barge sank in Heiltsuk territory. The spill devastated Gale Pass, a prime shellfish and salmon habitat that Heiltsuk have relied on for countless generations. Big thanks to Karissa Chandrakate @pangea1010 for putting together this infographic that articulates the crisis and legal case of Heiltsuk Nation. The Heiltsuk are…

Tragedy and grace in the Great Bear Rainforest

By | Uncategorized | October 13th, 2021

Though the Nathan E. Stewart sank, the Heiltsuk are rising. Donations to support Heiltsuk’s groundbreaking title case are being DOUBLED, right now: please give. 

We’re Hiring an Organizer (Ontario)!

By | News, Organizers | October 7th, 2021

Are you a talented and adept campaigner/organizer with a strong commitment to decolonization and environmental justice? Are you passionate about supporting Indigenous Nations’ legal actions to defend their lands, rights and title? Do you want to work with a team of talented and kind people to make a real difference in the world?  Join the country’s…

Reconciliation Stories

By | Nations, News, Resources | September 30th, 2021

Last week, for National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, we asked the RAVEN community to share your stories of putting reconciliation into action. Here are some of the beautiful, courageous and difficult stories you shared. Marie Lloyd: A long time ago, in a galaxy nearer than my face,  there was an Indigenous-led mass arrest on…

Reconciliation is a Verb

By | News | September 30th, 2021

Many are calling National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a day of reflection. While decolonizing is a process that requires introspection, the enormity of “reconciliation” also calls for responsive action.  Unfortunately, the concept of “reconciliation” is often co-opted by politicians who use it to continue enacting colonial agendas, often by the same old means. In…

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…

Great job at RAVEN!

By | News | September 14th, 2021

Are you a talented and adept communications professional with a strong commitment to decolonizing and climate justice? Join the country’s only organization dedicated to advancing Indigenous rights and environmental protection through fundraising for access to justice!

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),…

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