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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

Hard-fought Constitutional protection could lose its meaning

On the west coast of North America, smoke from massive wildfires has choked out the sun. Amidst floods on the Gulf Coast and record breaking temperatures in the Arctic, the pressures of a changing climate are being felt across Turtle Island.  Today, a courageous...
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A remarkable floating fundraiser for remarkable times

A group of islanders have found a unique way to host a covid-safe, socially distanced fundraiser. Thursday, September 3’s “Throw a Boat Down” event will be a paddle-powered, floating concert in support of RAVEN. The show will be livestreamed to audiences everywhere...
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Overturning racist policies: Podcast with RAVEN’s Ana Simeon

The murder of George Floyd has sparked a global movements to overturn racist policies and institutions.  Canada has its own history with racism embodied in the colonial agenda to dispossess First Nations of their inherent rights and title over the land.  In Episode 9...
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Reclamation of Governance: Short Film on Heiltsuk’s Constitution

Earlier this year, we witnessed the historic Big House opening on Heiltsuk territory. During a four day potlach ceremony,  totem poles were raised that tell the story of who the Heiltsuk are and where they are going. Guided by 14,000 years of history, ancestral laws,...
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Winners announced: essays by young scholars explore Indigenous law, environmental planning

Photo by Robin Munshaw   We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2020 Harmony Environmental Essay Prize for Young Scholars. Please meet our winners and read their carefully researched papers: First Place –  Da Chen “Sharing of the Dish: The...
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Folk that Pipeline Raises $10K for First Nations to stop TMX

Over 1000+ people signed up for last night’s “Folk The Pipeline” festival. This incredible community raised over $10k to ignite the next phase of support for Indigenous legal action against Trans Mountain. With stellar sets by Dan Mangan, The Wilds and Luke Wallace,...
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Water is Life: Coldwater steps up to protect aquifer

The Legal Battle against Trans Mountain Expansion Project Continues: Coldwater Perseveres to Protect Drinking Water On July 2nd, 2020, our community watched in dismay as the legal challenges of the Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band were...
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A volcano brewing beneath Canada

Was it only two years ago that Canada promised to develop legislation to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? Just three years since Prime Minister Trudeau declared that no relationship was more important to this country than the one with...
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Orca soundings and the seeds of regeneration

This piece comes from a talk given at the opening of “Against the Current”, an art exhibit featuring work by Salish Sea artists in celebration of orca culture.  Learn more about the Orca Soundings project at https://orcasoundings.org. Moby Dick is a book...
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Wet’suwet’en decry Coastal Gas Link permit violations

As their beleaguered fracked gas pipeline slowly snakes its way across northern British Columbia, Coastal Gas Link has been caught in another act of environmental destruction. This time, CGL was caught building unpermitted roads and workcamps, and clearing protected...
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Latest study shows that mercury exposure causes premature mortality in the Grassy Narrows First Nation community

Since the 1960s, the Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation) has lived with the consequences of one of the worst environmental disasters in Canadian history. The community’s livelihood, major food source, and health were devastated by the...
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BREAKING (Video): Indigenous Nations react to Supreme Court decision on TMX

Squamish, Tsleil Waututh and Coldwater First Nations have worked for eight long years to assert their rights to be consulted on the Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers expansion project. On July 2nd, 2020, The Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater...
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