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…

Festival Afloat Livestream from Salt Spring Island

By | | July 6th, 2022

Festival Afloat Live Stream Register Renée Layla July 15  | Streaming online from Salt Spring Island, Shiya’hwt (Ganges Harbour) You are invited… On Friday, July 15th, RAVEN & SCOUT presents a Livestream of the Festival Afloat Salish Sea Tour in the waters just off Salt Spring Island near Ganges Harbour Featuring Renée Layla. Paddlers will…

Gourmet purveyors dish for Festival Afloat

By | Festival Afloat, News | July 4th, 2022

In constructing the perfect charcuterie offering, it helps to have B.C.’s finest farmers, mixologists, fishers, cheesemakers and chefs on board. RAVEN is NOT a tour company: we’re a scrappy NGO raising legal defence funds to push back against ill-advised industries and create better laws with Indigenous Nations. But we have some seriously awesome friends, who…

West Moberly First Nations Announces Partial Settlement of Civil Claim

By | Site C Dam | July 4th, 2022

West Moberly First Nations has entered into a partial settlement agreement with the Province of British Columbia, BC Hydro, and Canada with respect to our outstanding claims aimed at protecting our traditional territory.

Meet the Providence: Festival Afloat’s floating stage

By | Festival Afloat, News | July 4th, 2022

Paddle up to B.C.’s oldest ship to enjoy great music in support of RAVEN’s Indigenous justice campaigns. Protect marine ecosystems while rocking out to great bands at one of our floating concerts, or jump aboard for a ‘barefoot cruise’.

hOMe Grown Living Foods nourishes Festival Afloat

By | Businesses, News | June 30th, 2022

Whole Foods pioneer Shani’s own healing journey has led her to create healthful and energizing hOMe Grown treats. Shani is excited to be sharing her nourishing ingredients as the chef for Festival Afloat, ensuring RAVEN’s crew and guests aboard barefoot cruises have gourmet vegan yumminess to sustain them. Shani’s Story hOMe Grown Living Foods was…

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