The RAVEN project (Rural Action and Voices for the Environment) is exploring the use of alternative digital media in protecting and sustaining rural environments. We are also aiming to transform perceptions of rural New Brunswick and building support for environmental justice and sustainable rural communities. Our research team is collaborating with rural champions to produce and distribute alternative digital media. We are also analyzing the extent to which alternative digital media support positive action for the environment.

Operating on unceded Wabanaki territory across the province of New Brunswick, RAVEN aims to promote healthy economies and relationships guided by the Indigenous principle of protecting lives and land for the seven future generations yet to be born. The RAVEN multi-disciplinary team, based at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, includes faculty from Sociology, Antropology, the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre, Education and Computer Science. Community partners are the New Brunswick Media Co-op (NBMC) and the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI).

The RAVEN team has also engaged more than three dozen individuals from various organizations, including representatives from indigenous communities, farmer and woodlot organizations, environmental  groups and the academic community to see if they would be interested in collaborating with the project. All have expressed enthusiastic support and interest in being involved in the project. RAVEN has secured funding until 2022 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF). The project partners NBMC and JEDI as well as Frictive Pictures, a local film production company, are providing in-kind contributions.

Read more about the project here.