RAVEN is a small but mighty registered charity with a mission to raise legal defence funds to help Indigenous Peoples in Canada defend their treaty rights and the integrity of their traditional lands and cultures. We stand shoulder to shoulder in support of the rights of Indigenous Peoples, so that we can achieve parity for the people on whose land we live.
RAVEN’s vision is a country that honours the ancestral laws, rights and stewardship values of Indigenous Peoples and their equitable access to the justice system within a thriving natural environment.
WHY NOW? Because the future depends on it.
Our mission is to raise legal defence funds to assist Indigenous Peoples who enforce their rights and title to protect their traditional territories. Through our public education programs, RAVEN collaborates with Indigenous Peoples to eliminate environmental racism and foster a greater understanding of indigenous rights and governance.
RAVEN’s work is reconciliation in action.
Since 2014, RAVEN has disbursed over $2.6 million dollars to our campaign communities. This support has resulted in the cancellation of permits for the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, fended off several efforts by Taseko Mines to destroy Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) for an open pit gold mine, and ensured the Beaver Lake Cree litigation has the funds to continue to trial to stop the degradation of their traditional lands by the tar sands industries. We currently support 15 Nations in seven different legal actions, with more campaigns pending.
RAVEN’s support also means that Indigenous nations do not have to divert funds away from critical community resources like housing, addiction services, infrastructure and health care.
“We’re a small community, we’re doing what we can to stop this project. We don’t have the resources that big corporations do, or the government has, so every little bit helps. We’re just so grateful for people helping. Every dollar that’s raised will help our communities and help our people take this stand. ~ Chief Marilyn Slett, Heiltsuk Nation
A country that embraces the caretaker values of Indigenous Peoples and their equitable access to the justice system within a thriving natural habitat.
It’s not every-day that we come across an organization such as yours that would assist First Nations with such a cause as ours. Mahsi cho for all your efforts and to RAVEN for providing fundraising and support to the Peel Land Use Planning court session. It has been an honour to work with you on this initiative. ~ Chief Roberta Joseph, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in
We hope for a day when our vision is realized and our services are no longer needed because constitutional democracy is flourishing. Until then, we do our best to level the playing field.