Host: Society for Socialist Studies
Co-chairs: Deborah Dergousoff and Ana Simeon
The Heilstuk Nation upholds an unbroken lineage of ancestral teachings that powerfully connect people to place. When the Nathan E. Stewart ran aground in their Great Bear Rainforest home, the Heiltsuk took to the courts. In the wake of the devastating spill, the Heiltsuk are working to enshrine Indigenous governance of their homelands and waters into law. RAVEN has been working with the Heiltsuk Nation since 2014, when they joined with neighbouring First Nations in launching a legal challenge that — spoiler alert — ultimately killed the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. Now, we’re standing with them as they launch a legal challenge against Canada, BC, and the Kirby corporation.