RAVEN - Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs

About

 

RAVEN’s vision is a country
that embraces the ancestral laws
of Indigenous Peoples and
their equitable access to the
justice system within a
thriving natural habitat.

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. 


 

 

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Nations Supported by RAVEN

Monthly Donors

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

“To have people saying, ‘we trust your leadership. We trust your position on this issue’ really expanded our sense of community nationwide and globally as we saw those donations coming in. It was so empowering. There is no force in this country more powerful than the movement we’re building together.” 

~ Jess Housty, elected Heiltsuk councillor

Raven News and Upcoming Events

Prince Rupert screening of #RavenPeopleRising

Join RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) and Skeena Wild for a lively discussion on the future of the Pacific Coast and the powerful resistance and leadership of Indigenous Peoples in shaping our common future. We’re excited to be...
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Terrace, BC pulls with Heiltsuk Nation

Join RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) and Skeena Wild for a lively discussion on the future of the Pacific Coast and the powerful resistance and leadership of Indigenous Peoples in shaping our common future. We’re excited to be...
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7 Generations Now! UVIc stands with Heiltsuk Nation

University of Victoria screens #RavenPeopleRising May 28 We’re excited to be working with the fabulous Katherine Cook, who has stepped up to organize a screening of our latest documentary short, Raven People Rising, on May 28 at UVic. RSVP and spread the word...
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Bandidas Taqueria Earth Day Fundraiser

A sidewalk festival and student art show/fundraiser with Bandidas! WHERE: BANDIDAS TAQUERIA, 2781 COMMERCIAL DRIVE WHEN: SUNDAY, APRIL 28TH 2019, ALL DAY / NIGHT (9:00AM UNTIL MIDNIGHT) As a business, Bandidas are committed every day to choosing environmentally...
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Mateada Lounge hosts “Raven People Rising” for an evening about herring, orcas + a healthy ocean

Herring feed Chinook. Chinook feed Orcas. This connection and the protection of Herring populations off the coast of B.C. cannot be overlooked. Join us for an evening to deepen your understanding of precious Herring and learn about what the Heiltsuk Nation is doing to...
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United Against Racism March 21

Today, March 21 2019, the world will #UniteAgainstRacism. Just as our movement thrives from diversity, care for the Earth and strong relationships across cultures, the movement to deny climate emergency allies itself with the forces of polarization, fear and neglect...
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Stand with the Tsilhqot’in : World Water Day

Friday March 22, 2019 – World Water Day – we ask that you join us in Vancouver in support of the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s fight to protect Teztan Biny (Fish Lake). In summer 2017, BC granted a controversial drilling permit at Teẑtan Biny (Fish Lake) for Taseko...
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Looking for a Development Coordinator for RAVEN

JOB POSTING:  DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR  RAVEN is growing and we are hiring someone for our team who loves our mission and loves fundraising!   POSITION SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Development Director, the Development Coordinator is responsible for raising...
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Work with RAVEN!   We’re looking for a Digital Communications Coordinator

RAVEN is growing and we are hiring someone for our team who loves our mission and loves being a digital ninja!  If you have a passion for Indigenous rights, environmental justice and innovative digital organizing, we want to hear from you. RAVEN is an affirmative...
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Indigenous Empowerment and the Canadian Economy

This article by resource lawyer Bill Gallagher originally appeared in “The Lawyers Daily” at https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/articles/9472/indigenous-empowerment-and-canadian-economy Until Canadians realize that our collective prosperity is totally...
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2018 Victories

Take a look at what we accomplished together in...
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A nailbiting morning. An astounding victory.

Another trip around the sun. Another amazing year for RAVEN. Writing these ‘retrospective’ emails summons so many powerful emotions. We’re driven by a sense of urgency at RAVEN: with legal challenges, there are no guarantees, and the successes, when they...
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