John Borrows – On Mindfulness, and Indigenous Law

By | News, Uncategorized | November 9th, 2022

John Borrows is a member of RAVEN’s legal advisory panel and is co-founder of the joint Common Law and Indigenous Law program at the University of Victoria, the first of its kind. He spoke as part of Sorrento Centre’s Mindfulness and Indigenous Law Conference, sharing beautiful stories and teachings on Indigenous law from his Chippewan of the Nawash Nation and ancestors.

Truth Before Reconciliation: Wenecwtsin Wayne Christian

By | #365Indigenous, News | November 9th, 2022

Wayne Christian (Secwépemc and Syilx Okanagan) shares about his family’s experiences with the Sixties Scoop, and how through revitalization of Indigenous law and traditions is sustaining a new generation of knowledge keepers and land protectors.

Think B.C.’s mineral tenure system is a joke? So do we.

By | Gitxaala, News | November 7th, 2022

For a $25 fee, you can start prospecting all over B.C: without even notifying the Nation whose land you are on. Put a stop to that: donate.

Trick or Treaty? An Update on the Beaver Lake Cree Nation Campaign

By | Defend the Treaties, News | October 31st, 2022

When Beaver Lake Cree Nation declared victory in the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) last March, we didn’t think we’d be telling you this. But: despite a win in the highest court in the land… Beaver Lake Cree Nation (BLCN) is back in court and having to prove, yet again, that they are indeed unable to afford to pay the full cost of its Defend the Treaties trial.

Aerial view of the Nathan E Stewart spill clean up attempts

VIDEO: A Community-Led Approach to an Environmental Impact Assessment

By | Heiltsuk, News, Uncategorized | October 13th, 2022

Environmental Impact Assessments are standard protocol after an oil spill like the one that occurred in Heiltsuk waters after the Nathan E. Stewart tug ran aground on October 13, 2016. But who leads them, and how they are done is not so simple. 

Reconciliation is STILL a verb

By | News | September 29th, 2022

Eleven.  That’s how many of the 94 Calls to Action from 2015’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission have been completed.  Enshrining today, September 30, as National Day of Truth and Reconciliation was one of them. The ones that remain? As urgent as ever.  Right now, in Wetsuwet’en territory, a corporation is drilling under a sacred river…

World Rivers Day 2022

By | News | September 22nd, 2022

Water cloaks our planet and is the source of all life, and rivers are the threads of our waterways. September 25 is World Rivers Day and we are celebrating the Nations whose stewardship and care is working to protect the world’s rivers for everyone. 

Intergenerational Intersections: Salmon stories flow with Roger William and Trevor Mack

By | News, Webinars | September 21st, 2022

After an opening song and story with Sierra William, Mack and Chief Roger, we heard from the venerable elder who led his people in resistance to clearcut logging and open-pit mining. In dialogue with Tsilhqot’in story weaver Trevor Mack, William laid out a 3-punch, knock-out strategy: beginning with the creation of the Nemiah Declaration, to the blockade of roads and bridges, and finally to the Supreme Court victories that kicked out Taseko Mines and established Aboriginal Title to sacred Teztan Biny.

A person holding a large net sits at the edge of a rushing body of water

Wild Salmon BBQ and Film Night

By | | September 9th, 2022

Salmon BBQ & Film Night Fundraiser Get Tickets Trevor Mack Trevor Mack is an award-winning Tsilhqot’in nation filmmaker from the interior of British Columbia, Canada. Raised by his single mother and family, his culture and upbringing provided a strong foundation for storytelling expressed through his current film work. In 2013, at 21 years old, he…

Tsilhqot’in Perspectives

By | | September 9th, 2022

JOIN WEBINAR Trevor Mack Trevor Mack is an award-winning Tsilhqot’in nation filmmaker from the interior of British Columbia, Canada. Raised by his single mother and family, his culture and upbringing provided a strong foundation for storytelling expressed through his current film work. In 2013, at 21 years old, he debuted his first short film, The…

Patagonia hosts in-store exhibition

By | Events, News | September 9th, 2022

Join Patagonia Vancouver for an in-store exhibition featuring work through lenses of three talented Vancouver based photographers. All photos will be for sale as the listed price and can be taken home at the end of the event (9pm).Non-alcoholic and alcoholic refreshments will be by donation from Tality Kombucha, Nonny Beer, and Persephone Brewing Company.…

Long Live the Reckoning: an Indigenous-informed lens on the passing of the Queen

By | Nations, News | September 8th, 2022

Across the country, reactions are pouring in over the passing of Queen Elizabeth 2nd.  It has us thinking about grace, and goodness.  We send the Queen’s family our condolences. But: the office itself was part of a colonial tradition responsible for cultural genocide around the world. Institutions like the monarchy are designed to dazzle people…

A person holding a large net sits at the edge of a rushing body of water

Salmon BBQ + Indigenous film night with Trevor Mack and former Chief Roger Williams on SSI

By | Events, News | September 1st, 2022

Join award-winning filmmaker Trevor Mack to enjoy fresh, wild caught salmon from Tsilhqot’in territory & a discussion/film screening. What a beautiful way to celebrate this year’s bumper sockeye return, and support Indigenous storytelling & film. 

close up of reading glasses and a pen on top of a messy pile of sheet music

2022 Harmony Foundation Essay Prize: Li Keur: Riel Heart of the North

By | EssayPrize, News, Uncategorized | August 22nd, 2022

RAVEN is excited to announce the 2022 winning essay in the Harmony Foundation Essay Contest from Nicole Stonyk, Li Keur: Riel Heart of the North.

Desirée Dawson smiles on the deck of the Providence tall ship. In the background is a flat of Guayakí Yerba Mate

Festival Afloat 2022: Music, Food, and Sponsors

By | Festival Afloat, News | August 16th, 2022

Festival Afloat 2022: the Salish Sea Tour came together in a beautiful culmination of music, food, paddling, and raising funds and awareness for Indigenous access to justice. We raised over $50,000 for Heiltsuk’s and Gitxaała’s legal campaigns. None of this could have happened without the support from our incredible sponsors or the performances and storytelling from the different musicians and knowledge keepers.

Festival Afloat – A Gallery of 2022 events!

By | Festival Afloat, Uncategorized | August 16th, 2022

We want to give a BIG THANKS to SCOUT and Guayaki for sponsoring this year’s festival afloat! We would also like to thank to everyone who came out and floated with us. This year’s concerts were in support of Gitxaala and Heiltsuk Nation’s legal challenges. Gitxaała Nation is taking B.C. and several “free miners”, including…

A Joyful Sunday Dance Party with Ciranda

By | Events, News | August 8th, 2022

On a hot, sunny afternoon on Salt Spring Island, the streets rang out with the sounds of samba thanks to a very special visit by Brazilian inspired sextet Ciranda. Hailing from as far as Japan and as close as Vancouver, the 6 member band was joined by local Cuban percussionist Jose Sanchez, along with Samba…

The providence tall ship anchored in the water surrounded by paddlers. The logos from "Scout" and "RAVEN" are centered across the image.

Thank-you Scout, Festival Afloat 2022’s presenting sponsor

By | Businesses, Festival Afloat, News | July 26th, 2022

Thank-you Scout Canning, the presenting sponsor of RAVEN’s Festival Afloat 2022 Salish Sea Tour. Read more about Scout’s sustainable seafood and their founder, Charlotte Langley.

Ciranda benefit concert graphic with digital illustrations of folks playing music.

Ciranda Benefit Concert on SSI

By | Events, News | July 25th, 2022

Calling all Salt Spring Island RAVEN supporters to come enjoy the six-piece band, Ciranda, on August 7th in the name of Indigenous Justice.

A magical launch to Festival Afloat

By | Festival Afloat, News | July 8th, 2022

Last night was magic.  We raised nearly $5k at Festival Afloat’s amazing Vancouver launch thanks to folks who donated and bought tickets. Our amazing sponsors Scout & Guayaki continue to match donations, dollar for dollar: give now.   Here are some pictures to give you an idea of the colour, the smiling faces, and the…

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