RAVEN is a non-profit charitable organization that provides financial resources to assist Aboriginal Nations within Canada in lawfully forcing industrial development to be reconciled with their traditional ways of life, and in a manner that addresses global warming or other ecological sustainability challenges.
RAVEN’s vision is a country that honours the ancestral laws, rights and stewardship values of Indigenous Peoples and their equitable access to the justice system within a thriving natural environment.
“As a member of one of the Nations taking this issue to court…and as a passionate organizer with deep community roots, let me say this: Pull Together is making a difference. We know what we have to do; you are helping us to do it. We know how big this task is; you are giving us hope.”
“RAVEN occupies a unique niche in the NGO community in Canada by creating legal defence funds for First Nations who must continuously defend their lands and livelihood from the onslaught of rampant industrial development. This small group is incredibly successful… ”
“We see RAVEN as the NGO best-placed to assist this First Nation because of its mandate to support First Nations by levelling the playing field when it comes to going head to head with government-assisted industrial expansion.”
“This small group is incredibly successful, given their lean resources and organizational structure. We want to see them expand because it seems clear that litigation is going to be one of the key ways that we protect our planet.”
“This could be the most powerful ecological precedent ever set in a Canadian court.”