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

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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Prince Rupert screening of #RavenPeopleRising

Join RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) and Skeena Wild for a lively discussion on the future of the Pacific Coast and the powerful resistance and leadership of Indigenous Peoples in shaping our common future. We’re excited to be...
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Terrace, BC pulls with Heiltsuk Nation

Join RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) and Skeena Wild for a lively discussion on the future of the Pacific Coast and the powerful resistance and leadership of Indigenous Peoples in shaping our common future. We’re excited to be...
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7 Generations Now! UVIc stands with Heiltsuk Nation

University of Victoria screens #RavenPeopleRising May 28 We’re excited to be working with the fabulous Katherine Cook, who has stepped up to organize a screening of our latest documentary short, Raven People Rising, on May 28 at UVic. RSVP and spread the word...
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Bandidas Taqueria Earth Day Fundraiser

A sidewalk festival and student art show/fundraiser with Bandidas! WHERE: BANDIDAS TAQUERIA, 2781 COMMERCIAL DRIVE WHEN: SUNDAY, APRIL 28TH 2019, ALL DAY / NIGHT (9:00AM UNTIL MIDNIGHT) As a business, Bandidas are committed every day to choosing environmentally...
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Mateada Lounge hosts “Raven People Rising” for an evening about herring, orcas + a healthy ocean

Herring feed Chinook. Chinook feed Orcas. This connection and the protection of Herring populations off the coast of B.C. cannot be overlooked. Join us for an evening to deepen your understanding of precious Herring and learn about what the Heiltsuk Nation is doing to...
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United Against Racism March 21

Today, March 21 2019, the world will #UniteAgainstRacism. Just as our movement thrives from diversity, care for the Earth and strong relationships across cultures, the movement to deny climate emergency allies itself with the forces of polarization, fear and neglect...
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