We are strategic.
Indigenous Peoples in Canada have some of the most powerful environmental rights in the world: but only if they can afford to uphold them in court. That’s where RAVEN comes in.
We are committed.
We stick with Nations through thick and thin so they can weather the challenge of lengthy court challenges. Though Nations tend to be outspent 100:1 by industry and government, our incredible community is helping Indigenous Peoples win case after case.
We’re lean, nimble, and adaptable.
Like our namesake, the mythical northwest coast trickster bird Raven, we take on challenges that very few are willing to tackle. By doing so, we are reshaping the legal landscape and transforming the future. Join us.
What We Believe
The environmental challenges that face many Indigenous Peoples in Canada are really challenges for the entire world. Fundamentally, we believe these are issues of human rights and climate change – guided by some of the most brilliant legal advisors in the country, we work to enshrine environmental justice for all.
The law is clearly on the side of Indigenous Peoples:
their victories protect us all.
Nations Supported by RAVEN
What We Support
Standing up to open pit mining
We support Lake Babine Nation and the Tsilhqot’in Nation as they push back on mines that would destroy sacred areas and vital water systems.
Stopping pipelines and tankers.
We have provided support for 15 Nations on campaigns that range from Pull Together to The TarSands Trial – the campaign to defend treaty rights in the face of tar sands expansion.
Educating settlers and allies through transformative dialogue.
Through our Courageous Conversations, we foster understanding and skills for solidarity.
Protecting wild and sacred places.
We defended 3 Yukon Nations in the Supreme Court of Canada: and won! This action upholds the protection of the Peel Watershed.
Supporting Indigenous sovereignty
We are standing with Heiltsuk Nation in their title case to establish Aboriginal title to the seabed and foreshore on reserve lands following the Nathan E. Stewart spill.
Enshrining rights for future generations
We are working with Secwepemc Nation as they pursue Aboriginal title on their traditional lands.
All money raised goes to support the costs of getting these legal actions to and through court.
We are a registered charity in Canada and a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization in the United States. Find us here: https://apps.cra-arc.gc.ca/ebci/haip/srch/charity-eng.action?bn=854840147RR0001&m=1