RAVEN - Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs



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

News from the Nest

Once the clocks turn back, we move into the time of reflection, planning and learning from the past year. Winter prods us to ask: what work is needed to be ready for year end? Where can we be warmed by our energy and efforts this year?  For RAVEN, this year has been...
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Pull Together Nations Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh take anti-TMX cases to Supreme Court

Back in September, the Pull Together team celebrated the fact that the First Nations’ cases against Trans Mountain were going ahead even though the Federal Court of Appeal had rejected applications from Ecojustice and other environmental groups. Unfortunately, in the...
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The Legal Low-down Behind Squamish Nation’s Court Case against TMX

The Squamish Nation is a Coast Salish Nation whose territory includes Burrard Inlet, English Bay, Howe Sound, the Squamish Valley and north to Whistler. The Trans Mountain Expansion calls for new pipeline routes through Squamish Territory, 13 new tanks and one...
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Making the Impossible, Possible

Our incredible community of Indigenous leaders and emboldened allies have already achieved the unthinkable — from quashing Trudeau’s Trans Mountain pipeline dreams last summer to standing our ground by raising an amazing $137,000 for First Nations’ court challenges...
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Tŝilhqot’in Nation is an Example of Climate Justice

(Reposting from Kai Nagata of Dogwoodbc.ca) On a plateau high above the Chilcotin River near Williams Lake, the largest solar energy facility in Western Canada is about to come online. Its 3,456 panels stand on the site of an abandoned sawmill, a beacon of hope for...
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A Big House. A huge triumph.

October 13-17, Heiltsuk Nation raised the first Big House to be built on the central coast of B.C. in 150 years. To celebrate, RAVEN has joined forces with our amazing community to try to raise $10k for the legal challenge that, though launched in the wake of the...
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Heiltsuk’s Historic Big House Opening is a Powerful Testament of Sovereignty and Resilience

For generations Indigenous governance was carried out carefully amid the federal ban of governance practices. Today, the voices of Heiltsuk people are ringing out loud and clear across the land and water. At the heart of Waglisla (known as Bella Bella), the...
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A Big House. A huge triumph.

When I met up with councillor Megan Humchitt — at a very special screening of RAVEN’s Heiltsuk documentary at VIFF —  she explained that, between meeting with federal officials and pushing for a Heiltsuk-run Indigenous Marine Response Centre for her community, she’s...
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Rolling out the red carpet for Indigenous protectors at VIFF

October 8, 2019: On the eve of the raising of a Big House in Heiltsuk territory, the Vancouver International Film Festival hosted a special joint screening with Tsleil Waututh and Heiltsuk Nations. RAVEN’s latest documentary, “Raven People Rising”,...
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As Heiltsuk Raises the Roof on Their Historic Big House, RAVEN Launches a Week of Action

Heiltusk are raising a Big House in the heart of their community where they can host potlatches, hold ceremonies and carry out traditional governance of their territory. It’s no coincidence that the Big House opens on the anniversary of the Nathan E. Stewart spill....
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Tar Sands Trial boosted: Beaver Lake Cree awarded advance costs

(français ci dessous) This week, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench granted advance costs to Beaver Lake Cree Nation to allow it to proceed with its “Tar Sands Trial” treaty case against Canada and Alberta. It’s a huge breakthrough for a case that’s been called ‘a...
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Help the Tŝilhqot’in Nation Protect Teẑtan Biny: An ongoing fight to protect our sacred lands and waters

The Tŝilhqot’in won another legal victory in its protection of Teẑtan Biny, but the fight isn’t over yet. We need your help. Make a donation to the legal fund today! The Tŝilhqot’in Nation celebrated yet another legal victory that has once again prevented a massive...
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