VIDEO: Inside Heiltsuk's Environmental Impact Assessment




Hear from biologist Diana Chan & Firelight Group's Justin Page ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Hear from biologist Diana Chan & Firelight Group's Justin Page


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Last night, we gathered around the digital campfire to hear stories about how members of Heiltsuk Nation are healing their lands and waters in the wake of the Nathan E. Stewart disaster.

175 people registered, with attendees hailing from Australia, Newfoundland/Labrador, Saskatchewan and Treaty 6 territory. We listened to biologist and Heiltsuk natural resources manager Diana Chan explain the process in which elders and knowledge keepers are joining forces with biologists and researchers to assess the health of the territory four years after the fateful wreck of an articulated tug barge in the abundant clam gardens of Gale Pass.

While Heiltsuk continue to be unable to harvest from the area, we learned from Justin Page of Firelight Group — a 100% Indigenous owned environmental consultancy — that the approach Heiltsuk are taking to conduct their EIA is setting a precedent for how other Nations will be stepping up to determine the course of industrial activity in their territories. By demanding a higher standard, Heiltsuk are working to restore ecosystem health in a wholistic, respectful way rather than, as has been typical of colonial EIAs, simply ensuring that 'resources' are in good enough shape for continued human exploitation.

With a passionate welcome given in fluent Heiltsuk language from Ǧvu̓í, and photos from the fieldwork now underway and layered analysis, the webinar offered a glimpse into the level of care and stewardship that are an expression of Heiltsuk law, known as Gvi’las.

For everyone who joined us, and those who may have missed it: watch the video here, and enjoy this recipe from Heiltsuk elder Marie Johnson! https://raventrust.com/traditional-heiltsuk-clam-fritter-recipe/

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Thanks to donors and supporters like you, our "Step Up for Coast Heroes" fundraiser for Heiltsuk Nation has raised over $57,000 in the past weeks, since we launched our matching funds campaign. To everyone who has donated: thank you deeply for supporting this important work. If you have not had a chance to donate, give now and your contribution will be doubled!

Ǧiáxsix̌a,

The RAVEN Team


P.S. There are more fun Heiltsuk fundraisers coming up this summer! Tonight, Salt Spring Island will be afloat for the Nation, while you can save the date for a Vancouver Concert Afloat on August 14th.

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