This Friday, April 2, Hypnotic Dirge Records will be partnering with Raven Trust to raise legal defence funds for indigenous peoples of Canada!
As some of you must know, the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada since the arrival of European settlers has been one of forced relocations, structural and behavioural violence, kidnappings, and cultural genocide. Although the violence against Indigenous Peoples across Canada is not as "overt" as it has been in the past, the legacy of settler-colonialism still has dire impacts today, manifesting itself in issues such as the egregiously high rates of missing and murdered Indigenous Women, lack of clean drinking water on Reserves across Canada, the generally higher rates of poverty and health-issues for Indigenous Peoples compared to the general Canadian public, and the lack of acknowledgement of Indigenous land rights from corporate entities and its lackeys in the Canadian government.
In combination, these issues seem almost overwhelming, especially in the context of national and provincial governments who will only pay lip service to Indigenous issues. Between 2008-2015. the Canadian government set up a "Truth and Reconciliation" committee and followed that up in June 2015 with 94 "Calls to Action". Unfortunately, as is typical for a government beholden to capital , only the most surface-level Calls to Action have seen any progress, while most remain dormant and ignored. Indigenous Land Rights are one such area that will likely be disregarded by the Canadian government as it works to push through environmentally damaging extraction projects which threaten all of our survival and the future habitability of the planet in the pursuit of short-term profit and industrial development, locking us into extractive industries at the precise moment when it is is long overdue that we shift our energy system to more sustainable sources.
Raven Trust is an excellent organization who has been fighting legal battles on behalf of Indigenous Peoples across Canada, and in fact to the benefit of all Canadians and people of the world, as it works to set legal precedents for Indigenous Land Claims, while also protecting the environment for all people. In the spirit of reconciliation, and in order to do something tangible rather than paying lip service to these ideals, Hypnotic Dirge Records will be donating 20% of sales from Bandcamp Friday on April 2 to Raven Trust to do our very small part to help fight these legal battles.
Bandcamp Fridays have become quite a successful day for bands and labels due to YOUR generosity. I want to reiterate that the amount we will donate to Raven Trust is YOUR donation, not ours.
Nothing is more disingenuous than companies, organizations, groups, etc. claiming a donation is theirs when it is others who have actually put up the money.
Therefore, on Monday April 5, we will be making the donation on YOUR behalf, and of course posting screenshots of Bandcamp Sales as well as the donation confirmation for full transparency.
If this is a cause you can get behind, please consider placing an order on our Bandcamp page on Friday April 2!
What is Raven:
Raven raises legal defence funds for indigenous peoples in Canada to defend their rights and the integrity of lands and cultures.
While governments come and go, a legal precedent set in the supreme court of Canada is forever. Join Raven in fighting for systemic change. Our movement is pushing back against environmental destruction, and creating better laws.
Raven campaigns: Site C Dam, Wet’suwet’en, Tar sands trial, Heiltsuk, Secwepemc, Tsilhqot’in
Raven Trust Logo by Coast Salish artist: Mark Gauti.
Posted by Nick Skog. Posted In : Hypnotic Dirge Records