VOLUME II I MARCH 2018
CONNECTED HEARTS, MINDS AND HANDS IN A UNITED AND THRIVING NATION
Latest News
Moosehide Campaign
The Moose Hide Campaign is a national movement of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men standing up against violence towards all women and children in Canada.

On February 15, 2018 the Moose Hide Campaign grew to 1 million members for 7th annual event and was proclaimed Moosehide Campaign Day in B.C.

Songhees Innovation Centre
Indigenous entrepreneurs collaborate at B.C.'s Songhees Innovation Centre.The Songhees Innovation Centre opened in January on the top floor of the stunning 55,000 square-foot Songhees Wellness Centre, which overlooks the Esquimalt harbour on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.
"We have a growing demographic of young talented Indigenous students that are graduating through some amazing technology and business programs," Mr. Ward said. "Wouldn't it be cool if there was [a place for them to work] in an Indigenous community led by an Indigenous community?"

Upcoming Raven Events
As warriors, change-makers and, leaders Raven invites you to our upcoming events:
In an era of reconciliation, we must explore what it is we are reconciling.Through dialogue, we’ll make the connection of this shared history to individuals, organizations, communities, and our Nation.

Immensely practical and hands-on, The Leadership Challenge® Workshop is designed to inspire, engage, and help leaders develop the skills needed to meet whatever leadership challenges lay ahead.

Indigenous Change-Making Warrior
Denise Williams
At the intersection of Indigenous sovereignty, technological advancement and a rapidly expanding technology and innovation economy that is in demand of new ideas and new skills, Denise has the privilege of working with Indigenous peoples, governments, academics, technology futurists and social change makers to map the ecosystem that will result in fair and equitable access to the tools and education required for success in the digital age. As the Executive Director of the First Nations Technology Council, Denise is leading a theory of change that considers all aspects of an Indigenous digital strategy, from internet connectivity to skills development and leadership in the technology and innovation sectors. 
 
With a passion for contributing and volunteering in initiatives and organizations that influence real change and the advancement reconciliation, Denise proudly serves as the President of the Urban Native Youth Association , member of the Premier’s Technology Council, advisor on innovation to the Governor General of Canada, Minerva Foundation board of directors, Indigenous Business and Investment Council board of directors and on the Simon Fraser University Board of Governors as Alumni-in-Order, where she earned her master’s degree in business administration in 2015. 
 
Denise is a member of the Cowichan Tribes on her father’s side and English/Scottish/Welsh on her mother’s side. She has lived in Vancouver, British Columbia for 14 years and spends her very limited personal time advancing her French cooking skills, listening to philosophy podcasts and throwing the ball for the dog.  
RavenSPEAK
Courage - Resurgence- Mastery - Community

RavenSPEAK is a learning space, speaker showcase event, and Indigenous Speakers Hub. RavenSPEAK is where Indigenous leaders and storytellers are visible, masterful, amplified, and connected. Where stories are told, truths are unearthed, voices are heard, and a new narrative begins. Together we will elevate the compelling voices, vital messages, and remarkable profiles of Indigenous peoples.

Indigenous leaders will be offered a space to explore the power of their voice and message among other Indigenous change-makers. The Raven SPEAK community cohort model will provide participants with an opportunity to lead and learn, creating opportunities to share and harvest wisdom from each other and experts on how we use our voices and stories to create a better world.


March 7, 2018 12-12:45 PM PST

Email: connect@ravenspeak.ca to sign up for an info session via ZOOM


Indigenous Scholars Network
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Connecting and sharing teachings, experiences, wisdom, knowledge, resources, supports, troubles, disruptions, and celebrations of the scholarly journey. We use ZOOM , connecting Indigenous Scholars from wherever they are. 

Monthly ZOOM sessions are offered with ideas, topics, and dialogues that are valuable and helpful for those on the scholarly journey. Wherever you are in your journey, you are invited to connect and share your wisdom and experience with others.  
 
Our monthly ZOOMs will be co-hosted with Raven and a guest contributor.
Indigenous participants from around the world that are self-identified as Indigenous are most welcome.

Send your contact information to  teara.fraser@raveninstitute.ca , and we’ll add you to the list.
A Raven Thank You
If you are receiving this newsletter, you have been a part of shaping and co-creating The Raven Institute community to date.

As a Raven thank you, we are offering the promo code ravencommunity for 25% off any upcoming Raven Institute events valid until April 5, 2018!

Connect with Indigenous Entrepreneurs
First Sky Media

First Sky Media is an Indigenous owned and controlled firm that offers diverse services and support materials to the aboriginal community. First Sky assists First Nations, Aboriginal organizations, and Indigenous entrepreneurs to take control over their own stories, using advanced techniques in digital media and publishing, grounded in traditional knowledge.

Talaysay Tours

Talaysay tours offers you an authentic Aboriginal cultural and eco-tourism experiences in and around Vancouver, Squamish and the Sunshine Coast. Our First Nation guides will share ancient and contemporary stories, legends, and our Aboriginal ways of living as we take in the sights of old growth forests, wildlife, beautiful northwest coast views and the flora and fauna of the season. Join us as we share our knowledge, and delve into the rich history and landmarks of our remarkable west coast.

Her Braids  

Her Braids is committed to bringing awareness and helping to make clean drinking water in first nations communities a reality, one pendant at a time.


Community Events
Dancers of Damelahamid presents 2018 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival
March 2-3, 2018
The Dancers of Damelahamid produce the annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival in partnership with the UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. The Festival is a celebration of the stories, songs and dances of the Indigenous peoples of the northwest coast of North America. The festival presents the rich cultural traditions practiced by dance groups from British Columbia, the Yukon, Alaska and Washington State as well as guest international artists and demonstrates that these traditions are very much alive, vibrant and relevant today.

TEDx Stanley Park
March 3, 2018
TEDxStanleyPark is an annual, not-for-profit conference at which a suite of educational and inspirational short talks is shared with onsite and online audiences. O At this Conference, twelve short talks will address a diverse range of humanity’s tough challenges and offer solutions that are  Ideas Worth Spreading .

Sk'elep Reconciliation and Indigenize It are offering a workshop, hosted at Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro. Take part in this transformative and reflexive learning experience while savouring a delicious three course feast.

Responsive Research in an Era of Reconciliation
March 9, 2018
Please join us for an informative dialogue and networking session. The recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission have generated responses from governments and across post-secondary and non-profit institution

Gathering Our Voices
March 20-23, 2018
From March 20-23, 2018 GOV will bring together more than 1,000 Indigenous youth delegates as well as chaperones, presenters and guests to Richmond, BC. Young people from all across Canada are invited to join us to explore, to learn and to engage with our culture among peers .

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