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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.

 

Standing up for Indigenous governance and rights. 

Through our Stand for Wet’suwet’en Yintah cases, we engage international supporters in solidarity with Indigenous legal campaigns.

 

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

VIDEO: We Are Un-Frackable  – Webinar 1 With Adam Gagnon and Mike Sawyer

We learned a lot from our amazing guests on Friday’s “We Are UnFrackable” webinar. If you were able to join us, thank you for listening and sharing. If you missed hearing Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief Dsta’Hyl (Adam Gagnon) and Citizens’ Oil and Gas Council ED...
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Crucial Connections: COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has swept through communities around the world, leaving many grappling with uncertainty of economic stability, public health infrastructure and political upheaval. The rapidness in which the pandemic took hold and manifested is explosive and...
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Hope in Uncertain Times: We are Launching #Solidarityfromhome

People power has quashed pipelines, protected hundreds of thousands of hectares of land, and raised millions of dollars for Indigenous-led legal challenges. We’ve built our amazing RAVEN community by reaching out — through community town halls, marches, pancake...
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Lifting the Lie of Denial with Bruce McIvor

Our baby podcast is taking it’s third step! Please help us find our feet by rating, reviewing, and subscribing to “RAVEN (De)Briefs” on iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts! We are incredibly excited to share Episode 3 of RAVEN (De)Briefs with very special guest...
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Give $100, get “What on Earth” from Luke Wallace

Luke Wallace embodies a new wave of politically charged folk music, writing the soundtrack for a movement of people rising up to meet the social and environmental challenges of our times. In that spirit, he’s releasing his new album “What on Earth”, with...
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Ottawa event for Wet’suwet’en Justice fund kicks off March 28

A benefit concert as a part of the WE ARE THE STRONGHOLD collective action to support the legal defense fund of Wet’suwet’en protectors of land, air and water. Let’s dance, sing, and make a noise to support the Wet’suwet’en Clans and houses, whose...
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RAVEN (De)Briefs Episode 2: Elders in the Making

With a bow to Cowboy Smithx, we present Episode 2 of our new RAVEN De(briefs) podcast: “Elders in the Making”.   Don’t miss an episode: Sign up here to get the podcast notices in your inbox.    The teaching and learning going on across the country is...
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Toronto Benefit Show “Rock for Wet’suwet’en” launches ticket sales today

In 1997 the Wet’Suwet’en hereditary chiefs fought a legendary court case aimed at establishing them as the legal guardians of their 22,000 sq. km. traditional territory. Yet, Coastal Gaslink insists that their 670 km. natural gas pipeline must run directly...
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We Are the Stronghold

Canada, some say, is fractured.  In the past few weeks, as events have unfolded on Wet’suwet’en territory, the seams of this stitched-together mosaic of a nation have been exposed.  In many quarters, the mask has slipped to reveal the ugly face of racism.  When a...
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Teck’s Rejection is Just the Beginning as Wet’suwet’en Gain Legal Momentum

Across North America, communities are rejoicing as people-powered pressure shut down Teck Resources Ltd., nipping in the bud any hopes of constructing one of the largest oil sands mines to ever be built in Alberta. Teck’s Frontier mine, designed to be  nearly double...
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Harmony Foundation Young Scholars Essay Prize Now Open for submissions!

Harmony Environmental Essay Prize for Young Scholars – Formerly the Young Scholars Essay Prize Calling all Master’s students! Do you have interests or commitments to Indigenous culture, social justice, and environmental rights? Do you have a paper due this...
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#WeAreTheStronghold launches events across Canada for Wet’suwet’en legal defence fund

In solidarity with action taking place on unceded and sovereign Wet’suwet’en territory and in support of the hereditary chiefs and land defenders holding the line, The International Indigenous Music Summit is joining forces with RAVEN to present WE ARE THE STRONGHOLD:...
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