After a challenging year of separation and uncertainty, we’re so excited to invite you to a Festival Afloat!

Saturday, August 14th, Indigenous rights charity RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) presents a unique, pandemic-friendly Floating Concert in the waters just off Jericho Beach. Featuring soul songstress Desiree Dawson, paddlers will surround the “Providence,” a gorgeous wooden sailing ship that serves as the ‘stage’ for the evening’s performance.

This socially distanced, on-the-water concert offers people a way to come together in a creative, safe, and supportive way while offering a tangible way to stand in support of First Nation’s access to justice.

Bring your canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard or rowboat to launch at Jericho Beach, or paddle over from Spanish Banks, Kits Beach or False Creek. It’s summertime parking, so plan to arrive early and go for a swim or paddle before the 7:00 pm start time. We’ll have facilitators helping load and unload boats and direct traffic.

This promises to be a joyous community gathering to raise funds for Heiltsuk Nation’s “Step Up for Coast Heroes” campaign. The central-coast Nation is in the midst of a groundbreaking Indigenous Environmental Assessment project that pairs western science with traditional knowledge to uncover the full impacts of the Nathan E. Stewart disaster while charting a way forward to restore ecosystem health. The legal challenge – with support from RAVEN – is part of that path, as the case aims to enshrine the caretaker values and stewardship plans of Heiltsuk Nation into law.

Tickets: go.evvnt.com | Price: pay-what-you-can

Festival Afloat:

Date: August 14, 2021
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Location: Jericho Beach, Vancouver
Website: fundraise.raventrust.com