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PODCAST: Ed Jensen – Walking the Path of Respect

By | News, Podcast | March 15th, 2021

Just as his Nation embarks on an historic Title Action to assert Indigenous sovereignty over traditional territories that were never ceded through treaty, Jensen is involved in practicing, teaching and breathing life into Secwepemc hunting traditions. Grounded in Secwepemc laws that were taught to him by his uncles and grandfather, Jensen is bringing those traditions…

Photographer donates profits to Indigenous legal challenges!

By | Businesses, News | March 10th, 2021

We would like to send a big THANK YOU to Richie Graham Photography for choosing RAVEN as their 1% for the planet recipient! “With gratitude for the natural beauty that surrounds us—and as part of my commitment to meaningful environmental preservation—100% of the profits from the sale of my work are donated to 1% for the…

Sḵwálwen Botanicals: in conversation with ethnobotanist & founder Leigh Joseph

By | #SolidarityFromHome, News | March 10th, 2021

Sḵwálwen Botanicals is an incredible Indigenous founded and led business, setting forth a business model rooted in relationship, reciprocity and well-being to the land and to community.  For RAVEN’s In Conversation series via Instagram, we spoke with Leigh Joseph (ancestral name Styawat), an ethnobotanist and entrepreneur from the Squamish First Nation. She contributes to cultural…

PODCAST: Indigenous Foodways Series with Jess Housty & Granny’s Gardens

By | Heiltsuk, News, Podcast | March 8th, 2021

This episode is Part 1 in our series on Indigenous Foodways. We’re talking with Jess Housty from her kitchen in Bella Bella. Jess shares with us the story of her community’s Granny’s Gardens: a food sovereignty project that is rooted within the traditions of the Heiltsuk Nation on British Columbia’s central coast.  The Nathan E.…

La Colombie-Britannique va de l’avant avec le Site C. Les peuples autochtones disent jamais.

By | FR-SiteC | March 4th, 2021

En tant que supporters engagés de RAVEN, nous voulions que vous soyez les premiers à être informés. D’abord, la MAUVAISE nouvelle : le Premier ministre Horgan a annoncé le 26 février que son gouvernement allait de l’avant avec le barrage du Site C qui n’est ni sécuritaire, ni nécessaire, ni légal. Maintenant, la BONNE nouvelle…

The People vs. TMX: Meet Erin Hanson

By | #SolidarityFromHome, News | March 3rd, 2021

Since 2016, RAVEN has stood together with Indigenous Nations in opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX). The pipeline would run through salmon-bearing streams, parks and Indigenous communities before loading ships with toxic diluted bitumen. The Pull Together community has raised an amazing $650k to support legal challenges to the project. Through its Sacred…

Premier Sinks Billions More into Risky Site C “Fix” without Consulting First Nations or Public

By | Site C Dam | March 2nd, 2021

On the last Friday in February, 2021, Premier John Horgan announced his government’s decision not to cancel the Site C project despite serious safety risks arising from bank instability at the proposed dam site. Instead, the NDP will plunge billions into a major redesign of the critical structures needed to support the proposed earthfill dam.…

Horizontal Uprising: a model for impact organizing

By | #SolidarityFromHome, Resources | February 26th, 2021

RAVEN’s presentation on Communications Engagement & Strategy as part of the University of Toronto/Queens University hosted “Watering the Grassroots” conference. Transcript of talk: I’m Andrea Palframan, she her pronouns, and I live on the unceded territories of the Hulqiminum speaking peoples, on an island called Chuan or Salt Spring. My work with RAVEN is part…

Got a Stake in the Peace?

By | News, Site C Dam | February 26th, 2021

Do you care about Indigenous rights, food security and preserving important lands and waters for  future generations? Then why not  join over 1300 people who have pitched in to plant yellow stakes in the hillside above the Site C Dam.  Farmers Ken and Arlene Boon were looking for a way to make their voices heard…

VIDEO: Indigenous Voices, From the Grassroots to the Courts

By | News, Webinars | February 26th, 2021

Co-hosted by RAVEN Trust and Stop Ecocide Canada, this webinar aims to raise awareness on how an international crime of ecocide could uphold Indigenous rights and benefit Indigenous land defenders & water protectors. Moderated by Suzanne Dhaliwal, climate justice creative, campaigner, researcher, lecturer in environmental justice and trainer in creative strategies for decolonisation, a powerful…

PODCAST: Indigenous Power with Judith Sayers

By | News, Podcast | February 23rd, 2021

Our guest on this episode is pioneering human rights lawyer and trailblazer on the path to Indigenous sovereignty, Dr. Judith Sayers.  We spoke with Judith in late summer of 2020, just as her community was reeling from the violent murder of Chantal Moore at the hands of police.  Hear from participants in the Indigenous Justice…

7 Reasons Why Site C Dam is a Terrible Idea

By | Site C Dam | February 23rd, 2021

Despite outcry from Indigenous, environmental, and economic critics, the Site C project staggers on.  In addition to serious geological issues that have bloated project costs and may make the dam impossible to build safely (or at all),  Site C faces vigorous opposition by Indigenous Peoples. West Moberly First Nation, a signatory to Treaty 8, refuses…

Su-á-pu-luck– A man on the threshold of change

By | News, Shoulders of Giants | February 22nd, 2021

This is a guest post by Rachel Ivey,  graduate in Environmental Science McGill University. You can see the rest of the articles in this series about Indigenous justice champions here. The image is of what’s known as the Joe Capilano Blanket, which Su-á-pu-luck wore on his trip to England to lobby King Edward VII. In…

Elderberry Farmers in Solidarity with Secwepemc

By | #SolidarityFromHome, Businesses, News | February 20th, 2021

For RAVEN’s “In Conversation” series via Instagram, we spoke with Louise Lecouffe from Elderberry Grove about her inspiring efforts to fundraise for RAVEN’s campaign supporting Secwepmenc Nation.  For the last 12,000 years, the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation has managed the land and resources of their unceded territory in interior B.C. Their traditional knowledge and stewardship…

An Order of Canada for the illustrious Dr. Borrows

By | News | February 4th, 2021

RAVEN is thrilled to congratulate Dr. John Borrows, a member of our Legal Advisory Panel and groundbreaking scholar of Indigenous Law. Dr. Borrows received the Order of Canada for his work in drawing out and revitalizing Indigenous legal orders. An Anishinaabe lawyer, researcher, and writer, Borrows is as eloquent in person as he is on…

“Full Fledged Tricksters”: Val Napoleon & the Indigenous Law Research Unit

By | #SolidarityFromHome, News, Podcast | February 2nd, 2021

On this episode, we took a walk with the  director of the world’s first Joint Degree Program in Indigenous and Common Law, Val Napoleon, and her colleague Rebecca Johnson. Meet Julianna Alexander, a Secwepmec elder and research partner with the Indigenous Law Research Unit, and student researcher and JID student Carolyn Belleau. Hear from this dynamic…

Filipinx community fundraises for Heiltsuk Nation!

By | Events, News, Organizers | January 28th, 2021

We would like to give a special thanks to Pinay Collection for raising $400 for Heiltsuk Nation! On January 30th, Pinay Collection hosted Usap Tayo pod – a space where community gathers to learn skills, share stories, reflect on their experiences as Pina/xys and (re/un)learn about Black and Indigenous solidarity building. They engaged virtually on…

Art as Activism with Fanny Aishaa

By | #SolidarityFromHome, News | January 27th, 2021

The power of art can move us to bring about change. Art can be an essential tool in mobilizing communities to act for justice by spurring the capacity to imagine a better world. Fanny Aishaa is a renowned visual artist and muralist whose work has coloured streets from Montreal to community spaces in Brazil and…

Beaver Lake Cree Nation is headed to the Supreme Court!

By | News, Tarsands Trial | January 22nd, 2021

Beaver Lake Cree Nation is headed to the Supreme Court! Yesterday,  the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal the decision of the Alberta Court of Appeal overturning Beaver Lake Cree Nation’s advanced cost award.   Since 2008, the  Beaver Lake Cree have been pursuing the Tar Sands Trial. This novel and complex Treaty infringement…

Intervention: strategic impact on a shoestring

By | Featured, News | January 21st, 2021

RAVEN is poised to launch an innovative new “Intervener Fund” to support Nations that wish to intervene in legal challenges that directly affect their communities and governance.

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