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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

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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Folk that Pipeline!

A Festival to Celebrate the Coast Protection Community!   Folk That Pipeline ….Festival! Get together with fellow coast protectors for a Folk Festival with Dan Mangan, Luke Wallace and Holly Arntzen. Find out with the next steps are to fight Trans Mountain...
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Access to Justice was Outlawed with the Indian Act

Indigenous communities are rising up to defend their rights, their lands and future generations. Through skillful use of Canada’s courts, First Nations have become a force for human rights and environmental justice, uniting diverse communities in solidarity for the...
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VIDEO: Chiefs Lulua and Ross unpack the Tsilhqot’in legal strategy and vision for Nation on webinar

“Tsilhqot’in” means “blue water people”. On June 18, 2020, we were fortunate to get to hear from the stewards of the Chilco River, who caretake the strongest salmon run in the world. We heard from Chiefs Jimmy Lulua and Chief Russ Myers...
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New Prosperity mine is dead. Why are the Tŝilhqot’in still in court?

By Ana Simeon / Photo by Nathan Einbinder On May 14, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered a final coup de grâce to the moribund “New Prosperity” mine project in Tŝilhqot’in territory. The twice-rejected mine proposal had been maintained on life support for...
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How to beat a giant: Join Tsilhqot’in chiefs for a webinar

You may have heard about the recent legal win that resulted in the final and irreversible rejection of the New Prosperity Mine in Tsilhqot’in territory. Moments — and victories — like this are hard won and uncommon, so we want to mark the moment with a celebration. ...
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Trans Mountain Spills 150,000 Litres of Oil: An Inevitable Catastrophe Long Warned by First Nations

Protection. Solidarity. Justice. These are the principles around which the Pull Together community has mobilized for years in unwavering support of the First Nations who have persevered in the courts for justice in the fight to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline and...
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5 Key Indigenous-led protests that could be illegal under Alberta’s draconian new “Bill 1”

While Canadians were urged to slow down, stay home and follow good pandemic protocol, resource extraction industries continued business as usual. Bill 1 is an example of the opportunistic policies which took advantage of Canadians being preoccupied with the pandemic....
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Why You Should Know the Sparrow Case

May 31st marked the 25th anniversary of the Sparrow Case: the day an Indigenous fisherman took on the Queen — and won. The 1990 Supreme Court decision has important prevalence throughout past and ongoing Indigenous rights legal challenges. The case created the...
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Bananas not Bitumen: Baking in solidarity with Beaver Lake Cree

We are blown away by the ingenuity, commitment and creativity of this community that never ceases to amaze, even with the challenges of a pandemic! Marianne, an artist based in Victoria, BC has been known to trade her pottery wheel for a baking oven when solidarity...
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Five Indigenous-led Movements for Ocean Protection

Forests are known as the lungs of the Earth: a source for clean air and carbon filtration. But oceans are also living, breathing carbon sinks that give life – and air – to the planet. During World Oceans Week, let’s give homage to the oceans that sustain...
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Fort McKay First Nation stops Prosper Petroleum in Court: Hope for other First Nations following suit

When Fort McKay First Nation stopped Prosper Petroleum from starting a 10,000 barrel per day tar sands project adjacent to sacred Moose Lake, they added another stone to the cairn of legal victories that should prove foundational to the case Beaver Lake Cree –...
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