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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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

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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VIFF to screen RAVEN’s Heiltsuk film at Pacific Cinemateque October 8

This special screening features two films that delve into Indigenous Nations’ relationships with the respective lands they call home. In Raven People Rising (dir. Andrea Palframan), we learn of the ancestral teachings that powerfully connect the Heiltsuk Nation to the...
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On Strike for the Climate: At Work for the Future

The anticipation is building: in city after city, around the world, millions of people are joining forces and taking to the streets to demand climate justice. Climate strikes, led by youth, are disrupting business as usual in a unified demand for justice.    At...
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Another barrier to TMX, brought to you by Indigenous Nations

In a victory for the Squamish Nation — and a setback to TMX — on September 17, 2019,  B.C.’s Court of Appeal ordered ministers to reconsider the Provincial Environmental Certificate issued to Trans Mountain under the previous provincial government. This means that BC...
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Game-changing: The Bitumen Reference Case

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” case that, after being dismissed by the Federal Court of Appeals,...
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Sentencing of Kirby Takes Place in Bella Bella, an Unprecedented Assertion of Indigenous Law

In October, 2016 a tug without a certified pilot ran aground and spilled over 110,000 liters of diesel oil in Heiltsuk waters on the central coast of British Columbia. The tug and attached barge were carrying diesel through Heiltsuk waters despite Heiltsuk prohibition...
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Tsilhqot’in win injunction: Taseko drilling and road building HALTED pending civil case

Victory!  In what has been a decade’s long fight to stop mining at Teztan Biny, Tsilhqot’in territory is protected from drilling and road building —  at least for now.  On September 6, 2019, the BC Supreme Court granted Tsilhqot’in Nation an injunction that...
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Now is the time to Pull Together

On September 3, 2019, the Federal Court of Appeal tossed out all non-Indigenous cases challenging the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. The good news is that six First Nations will have their day in court, including the four Nations that are part of the joint...
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