RAVEN (De)Briefs
S2 E8 Cedar Sisters: Haida lawyer Terri Lynn Williams Davidson

S2 E8 Cedar Sisters: Haida lawyer Terri Lynn Williams Davidson

April 20, 2021

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.

Today’s show features the magnificent Terri Lynn Williams Davidson in conversation - and in song. Music on this episode is by Terri Lynn, Bill Henderson and Claire Lawrence, and  is from their latest album, “Grizzly Bear Town” available on iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud. 

S2 E7 - Restorative Justice with John Reilly

S2 E7 - Restorative Justice with John Reilly

April 6, 2021

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.  Music by Snotty Nose Rez Kids.

S2 E6 Nancy Turner: Cultural Refugia

S2 E6 Nancy Turner: Cultural Refugia

March 23, 2021

For the RAVEN (De)Briefs podcast “Indigenous Foodways” series, 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. 

S2 E5 Walking the Path of Respect with Ed Jensen

S2 E5 Walking the Path of Respect with Ed Jensen

March 15, 2021

Part 2 of our series on Indigenous foodways and features Ed Jensen of Secwepemc Nation in south central British Columbia. 

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. 

The type of knowledge that Ed Jensen speaks about as a hunting guide and carrier of Secwepmec traditions is part of the evidence being gathered to form the basis of the Title case: proving that aboriginal ownership of, and jurisdiction over, lands and waters pre-dates colonization relies on oral histories like the ones Jensen is carrying. 

Jensen’s work involves not only carrying and passing knowledge, but in creating artistic and functional hunting tools based on the designs of his ancestors. He’s one of the world’s pre-eminent flint-snappers; his studio in Kamloops is full of beautifully wrought spears, arrowheads, and bone-handled knives that are made entirely from natural materials. Another way that Jensen shares his knowledge is through mentorship - just as his own uncles did with him, Ed is bringing up a new generation of Secwepmec hunters, and working to change the culture of hunting from the collection of trophies, which is what it has become in mainstream, colonial society, to a practice that is about deep attunement with the land and deep relationship with the animals themselves. 

S2 E4 Heiltsuk Granny’s Gardens with Jess Housty

S2 E4 Heiltsuk Granny’s Gardens with Jess Housty

March 8, 2021

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. 

S2 E3 Indigenous Power with Judith Sayers

S2 E3 Indigenous Power with Judith Sayers

February 23, 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 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.

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S2 E2 Full Fledged Tricksters with Val Napoleon and the Indigenous Law Research Unit

S2 E2 Full Fledged Tricksters with Val Napoleon and the Indigenous Law Research Unit

February 4, 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 soon-to-be-lawyer and student researcher Carolyn Belleau.

S2,E1: Making History with Tsilhqot’in Chief Russ Myers Ross

S2,E1: Making History with Tsilhqot’in Chief Russ Myers Ross

January 18, 2021

Chief Ross presided over one of the most tumultuous - and triumphant - periods of modern Indigenous sovereignty assertion.

Stepping into office at the height of the nation’s battle against Taseko mines, whose Prosperity Mine New Prosperity mine projects necessitated a 10 year legal battle - funded with support from RAVEN - Chief Ross also jumped into the Supreme Court challenge that ultimately led to the declaration of Aboriginal Title for Tsilhqotin - the first in the country and a groundbreaking victory that is setting the stage for a new form of Indigenous governance and relationship with Canada. 

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  illuminates the struggles and joys of working for his community at a time when Indigenous sovereignty is on the rise. A must-listen: be inspired by Ross’s vision to lift people up while keeping grounded in ancestral customs and laws. 

Episode 7: Decolonise Now! with Nikki Iyolo Sanchez

Episode 7: Decolonise Now! with Nikki Iyolo Sanchez

May 19, 2020

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.

Episode 6 - Music Sweet Music: “We are the Stronghold” Benefit Concert

Episode 6 - Music Sweet Music: “We are the Stronghold” Benefit Concert

May 5, 2020

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.

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