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

News from the Nest – Summer Edition 2019

Sharing the fruits of summer, Allies Summer is golden, full of light and the earth’s abundance.  Following our springtime efforts of tending the soil, and planting seeds for growth, we are now in the time of celebration, visiting, and tending our relationships with...
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Because of you, we raised almost $80,000 for Unistot’en

Dear Allies When we put out a call to stand with Unistot’en against an injunction by TransCanada, we expected a trickle of donations. This community has already done so much: you’ve stood beside Unistot’en to help realize lofty dreams — the raising of the...
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Pull Together Re-Launches with Mass Mobilization Call

Hello wonderful allies,  It was great to have so many of you on our mass organizing call — over 150 people signed up for what turned out to be a combined legal briefing and strategic overview. We know that, like all of us, you have a dose of deja vu about this whole...
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Heiltsuk Nation expose the lie of Canada’s world class oil spill response

A different kind of sentencing hearing took place last week on B.C.’s central coast.  Representatives from one of the biggest oil shipping companies in the world thought they were heading to Bella Bella to be handed a fine by the Canadian government. Instead, the...
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All Four Pull Together Nations join forces to stop TMX in court

On July 7, 2019, a number of the First Nations — including all four of the Pull Together nations supported by RAVEN — filed lawsuits to judicially review the federal government’s recent re -pproval of the Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers project.  After...
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Join Mass Call: Legal Q&A and next steps to stop TMX

What a ride it’s been. When we launched Pull Together to fight Enbridge, we had no idea how far this community would be willing to go to defend our common future. We also had no idea how good it would feel to be part of such a kickass, creative movement.  People like...
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Mad love vs. Cognitive dissonance

Canada declares a Climate Emergency, then the very next day, approves a tar sands oil pipeline. The cognitive dissonance would be laughable, if it weren’t putting all of our lives at stake. How on Earth did we get here? By some seriously twisted logic. Using that same...
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Stand with Indigenous Peoples to stop Trans Mountain! 

Pull Together was created as a way for people to work together to defend our communities and our climate from tar sands pipelines and tankers. Now, Canada may give the TransMountain project a green light after a hurried consultation process with First Nations. Funding...
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Incredible support for Unistot’en

We are so grateful to everyone who stepped up and donated this week in support of the Unist’ot’en, who were in court June 11-14 fighting to overturn an injunction by Coastal Gas Link. Two generous matching funds donors stepped up to meet over 500 donors,...
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More matching funds roll in for Unist’ot’en!

It’s been  a week of astonishing generosity:  hundreds of donors from around the world have pitched in to support Unist’ot’en as they go to court to defend traditional Wet’suwet’en territory.  Now, as we reach an amazing  $50,000...
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Secwepemc win motion for elders to give oral history evidence as a group

photo by Paul David Shea/courtesy of Photographers Without Borders We congratulate Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation on setting this important precedent even before the main hearing in their title case! In his decision, Justice Patrice Abrioux of the BC Supreme Court...
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#TeamOcean: This World Oceans Day make a splash for Heiltsuk Coast Protectors!

June 8 is World Oceans Day! Between the federal government’s expected re-approval of TransMountain on June 18th, and the Senate unwillingness to pass Bill C-48 — the north coast tanker ban — we know there’s a lot of work to be done when it comes to ocean...
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