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

Wreckonciliation: the curse of Indigenous pipeline ownership

Handing out smallpox blankets: the 2020 edition With the price of oil falling drastically and the prospect of reaching new markets in China fading, the promise of continued economic prosperity based on tar sands bitumen is turning sour.  Kinder Morgan, one of the...
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A Measure of Integrity: First Nations Respond to the Bitumen Reference Case Decision

Who gets to regulate the flow of bitumen through boundary-traversing pipelines: the province or the federal government? That’s been the question at the heart of the prosaically-named “Bitumen Reference” legal action that was heard by the Supreme Court of Canada after...
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Get Clear on Wet’suwet’en Law: Unpacking Canadian Court and Media’s Confusion

There has been a lot of confusion in the media and even within the B.C. government about the place of Wet’suwet’en Indigenous law within the Canadian system.  Even as the RCMP occupy a bridge on the Morice River, Premier John Horgan blithely talks about a “familial...
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Understanding the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Everyday

The worldwide drive to extract and develop minerals and fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal), coupled with the fact that much of what remains of these natural resources is situated on the lands of indigenous peoples, results in increasing and ever more widespread effects...
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Act NOW in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en: Tell Coastal GasLink to Uphold Indigenous Rights

We need all hands on deck to support the Wet’suwet’en, whose rights and title to their unceded territory in northern British Columbia are at risk. On December 31, 2019, the B.C. Supreme Court granted an injunction against members of the Wet’suwet’en nation who have...
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UN Human Rights Body Calls on Canada to Halt TransMountain Pipeline, Site C and Coastal GasLink

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has issued an “Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedure” requesting that construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tankers Expansion Project, Site C Dam and Coastal GasLink cease immediately,...
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Get 2020 RAVEN Vision: Sign up for our Newsletter

Share victories as they happen! Celebrating Tsilhqot’in’s win over Taseko and looking ahead to a new year of activism and justice! Join our mailing list to get breaking news and stay in the loop. RAVEN Trust - Newsletter - Stay Connected Name* First Last...
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Beaver Lake Cree Nation pushes ahead in David and Goliath Struggle to Stop the Tar Sands

This past winter marked a victorious ruling for the Beaver Lake Cree (BLCN). In a rare decision, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench granted advance costs to Beaver Lake Cree Nation (BLCN) to allow it to proceed with its “Tar Sands Trial” treaty action against Canada...
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Triple Victory for Tsilhqot’in Nation vs. Taseko!!

image ©Toronto Star. Incredible news that we want to share right away! In RAVEN’s 10-year history we’ve seen First Nations win so many victories but we’ve never had an avalanche like this — 3 wins in 2 days! It all started December 17, when the BC Court of Appeal...
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First Nations stand together against Trans Mountain: Federal Court of Appeal begins new round of hearings in Vancouver

It was an emotional day. While the messages were sombre, the feeling was overwhelmingly positive as Nations stood together to have their cases heard before the Federal Court of Appeal. On December 16th, representatives of Indigenous communities fighting the Trans...
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Indigenous legal cases against Trans Mountain, explained

On Monday, December 16th, the Federal Court of Appeal will be conducting a judicial review of the Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers project approval. Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Coldwater First Nations are challenging the constitutionality of the 2019 approval of...
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Green New Deal: Transformation to Better Stewardship and a Restoration Economy

Guest post by Josef Kuhn MSc, Ecologist        Ray Travers MSc, Forester        Climate change, unhealthy ecological and economic systems, and human conflict require a fresh approach to business and government in the twenty-first century. A rapidly growing number of...
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