RAVEN (DE)BRIEFS: A PODCAST
RAVEN Debriefs Podcast features Terri Lynn Williams Davidson – Haida lawyer and Indigenous legal visionary – in conversation and song.
Raven is the only organization in Canada that’s expressly established to provide access to justice for indigenous Nations. RAVEN exists to level the playing field, so that when nations are up against very deep pockets of governments or corporations they have the financial staying power to see legal actions aimed at protecting their rights and…
Ethnobotanist Nancy Turner reveals the intricacies of interspecies dynamics that underlie Indigenous People’s deep affinity to the lands and waters.
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…
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.…
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…
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…
Chief Russ Myers Ross saw his Nation through one of the most historic periods of the past century. Elected chief at just 30 years old, Ross witnessed the Supreme Court’s recognition of Tsilhqot’in Title, helmed the largest Indigenous-led solar project in the province, successfully defeated Taseko Mines in court, and was present for the exoneration…
On this episode of RAVEN (De)Briefs, we’re talking to Nikko Iyolo Sanchez. We caught up with Nikki on the day that the book, Spirits of The Coast, was released. As a guest editor for the Royal BC Museum, Sanchez worked with diverse contributors, young and old, to explore the magic, myths and ecology of orca…
Listen to this episode Today’s episode introduces Shosana and Raven of Digging Roots, who, together with promoter and singer songwriter Amanda Rheaume are the founders of the indigenous Music Summit. This February, as the Wet’suwet’en Nation’s courageous stance against Coastal Gas Link inspired solidarity actions around the world , this powerhouse trio got together to…
Season 2, Episode 8
Terri-Lynn Williams Davidson – lawyer, singer, knowledge keeper and weaver of worlds. She hails from Haida Gwaii, a wild archipelago off of Canada’s west coast where bears, whales, otters and eagles all dwell in a lush coastal rainforest soaked in rain and salt water.
We asked Terri Lynn about her story – how she became the counsel for the Haida Nation- an expert in both Canadian common law AND in the indigenous laws of the Haida people. She talks about how she brought the stories and laws which she was raised with into the courtroom when her Nation challenged powerful logging interests in the landmark Haida case at the Supreme Court of Canada.
She also shares her perspectives on the defeat of Enbridge and on RAVEN’s role in bringing together 8 Indigenous Nations to fight – and beat – the tar sands pipeline and tankers project.
Season 2, Episode 7
Right now, across Turtle Island, we are experiencing a flowering of anti-racist activism. On the other hand, we still contend with a system where Indigneous Peoples make up 5% of the country’s population but more than 30% of the prison population. As an organization dedicated to seeking justice, RAVEN is joining the conversation about those gross inequalities.
To begin, we reached out to Judge John Reilly, the bestselling author of Bad Law: Rethinking Justice for a Postcolonial Canada.
Reilly’s 33 years of first-hand experience as an Alberta provincial court judge brings credibility to his call for the radical reform necessary to mend a broken justice system.
Reilly has become an outspoken proponent of Indigenous legal frameworks, including restorative justice circles as an alternative to the punitive approach of Canada’s criminal courts.
Season 2, Episode 6
For Part 3 in our series on Indigenous Foodways, we spoke with celebrated author, distinguished professor emeritus and outstanding botanist Nancy Turner. She shared her perspectives from the decades of work she’s done travelling around the Canadian west, writing dozens of books and articles and, most importantly, cultivating friendships with Indigenous knowledge keepers.
Turner combines a botanists’ understanding of classification and an ethnographers’ attunement to human culture. Here, she reveals the intricacies of interspecies dynamics that form the basis of Indigenous People’s deep affinity to the lands and waters.
Season 2, Episode 5
For Part 2 in our series on Indigenous Foodways, we speak with Ed Jensen.
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 forward by teaching new generations of Indigenous - and non-indigenous - people about stewardship practices grounded in reciprocity and respect.
Season 2, Episode 4
For Part 1 in our series on Indigenous Foodways, we’re talking with Jess Housty, executive director of Q'qs Society, from her kitchen in Bella Bella. Jess shares with us the story of her community’s Granny’s Gardens: an Indigenous food sovereignty project that is rooted within the traditions of Heiltsuk Nation on British Columbia’s central coast.
Season 2, Episode 3
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 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 Summit who gathered in the wake of Chantal Moore’s killing.
Sayers also shares her perspectives on Indigenous power generation; as President of Clean Energy BC, she is leading the wave of Indigenous solar, wind and run-of-river producers in the province.
Season 2, Episode 2
RAVEN (De)Briefs is a podcast that jaywalks across the intersection of Indigenous and common law. 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 Juliana Alexander, a Secwepmec elder and research partner with the Indigenous Law Research Unit, and soon-to-be trans-systemic lawyer and student researcher at ILRU, Carolyn Belleau. Hear from this dynamic team of passionate women as they share what it's like to unearth, restore, revitalize and breathe life into Indigenous legal traditions whose wisdom and values show a way forward for living in right relationship with each other, and with the land. "Law is a verb: so is love." Check out the show and don't forget to share, review and subscribe!
Season 2, Episode 1
Chief Russ Myers Ross saw his Nation through one of the most historic periods of the past century. Elected chief at just 30 years old, Ross witnessed the Supreme Court's recognition of Tsilhqot'in Title, helmed the largest Indigenous-led solar project in the province, successfully defeated Taseko Mines in court, and was present for the exoneration of chiefs in the Canadian Parliament - a act of redress that was 100 years in the making. Ross illuminates the struggles and joys of working for his community at a time when Indigenous sovereignty is on the rise. A must-listen for anyone wondering what it's like to walk in the moccasins of a modern-day Indigenous chief with a vision to lift people up while keeping grounded in ancestral customs and laws.
Season 1, Episode 1
This first episode is a conversation between Jeff Nicholls, RAVEN’s board president, Indigenous lawyer and member of the Raven Clan of the Tsimshian Nation, and Shoshona Kish, founder of the Indigenous Music Summit and front woman of the band Digging Roots. Music by: Digging Roots, Kinnie Starr, and Amanda Rheaume. Used with permission.
Season 1, Episode 2
The next generation of activists, scholars, poets and players are forging a new way forward grounded in Indigenous traditions and motivated by a longing for justice. This episode features Saul Brown who is pursuing a law degree in Canadian and Indigenous law, spoken word from Zoe Pricelys Roy, Jayden Whitfield Williams, Jordan Smith, Takaiya Blaney, Sarain Fox, and Rebecca Wolf-Gage.
Season 1, Episode 3
In this episode, Aboriginal Law scholar and practitioner Bruce McIvor speaks to the promise, and challenge, of pursuing Indigenous rights through the courts. We’ll look at the recent decisions on the Trans Mountain pipeline cases, backed by RAVEN supporters, and hear Bruce’s thoughts on how recent Wet'suwet'en decisions failed to honour the spirit of the Constitution.
Season 1, Episode 4
Find out how Wet'suwet'en Nation are pushing back against fracked gas with a legal challenge calling out Coastal Gas Link for failing to care for the Indigenous People in whose territory they operate.
Season 1, Episode 5
Immerse yourself in the poetic worldview of Canada Research Chair, Dr. John Borrows. His discourse on the intersection of Indigenous and colonial law is richly adorned with the shapeshifting sounds of Jeremy Dutcher, a classically trained musician who takes 100 year old wax cylinder recordings of his Wolastoq ancestors, and sets them to soaring strings and vocals. Enjoy a special Earth Day edition of RAVEN (De)Briefs - an affirming podcast that's sure to open hearts and arouse minds.
Season 1, Episode 6
This week we have a live recording of the “We Are the Stronghold” benefit concert at Toronto’s Great Hall with Serena Ryder, Chantal Kreviazuk, Cris Derksen, and many more luminaries. Get a glimpse of the strength, unity and power that underlies the Indigenous resurgence that is challenging oppressive systems and remaking Canada.
Season1, Episode 7
Nikki Iyolo Sanchez has been a wilderness guide and environmental educator in the Nuu-chah-nulth territory of Clayoquot Sound for over 10 years, and is currently overseeing the first ever Indigenous Storyteller edition with Telus STORYHIVE; a project to provide funding and mentorship for emerging Indigenous filmmakers in BC and Alberta. All of this while she pursues a PhD with a research focus on emerging visual media technology as it relates to Indigenous ontology.