Defend the Treaties

Trick or Treaty? An Update on the Beaver Lake Cree Nation Campaign

By RAVEN / October 31, 2022 /

When Beaver Lake Cree Nation declared victory in the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) last March, we didn’t think we’d be telling you this. But: despite a win in the highest court in the land… Beaver Lake Cree Nation (BLCN) is back in court and having to prove, yet again, that they are indeed unable to afford to pay the full cost of its Defend the Treaties trial.

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Look ma, no pipelines! Indigenous power is coming from renewables 

By Andrea Palframan / March 22, 2022 /

Saddling Indigenous communities with stranded assets — on top of climate disaster and desecrated lands — is no way to set relationships right. 

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A landmark Supreme Court victory for Beaver Lake Cree Nation

By Andrea Palframan / March 18, 2022 /

Beaver Lake Cree set powerful precedent for Indigenous access to justice in Canada’s Supreme Court.

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Shine Bootcamp raises another 5K for Beaver Lake Cree Nation!

By Karissa Chandrakate / November 22, 2021 /

We would like to give a BIG thank you to Shine Bootcamp for raising $$2,769 for Beaver Lake Cree Nation, which was DOUBLED to $5,538! Back in March this year, they raised another $5000 for BLCN, which totals over 10K in donations this year! Shine Bootcamp is a startup organization that provides intensive training for women wanting to…

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VIDEO: Inside the rarified world of Advance Costs

By Jamie-Leigh Gonzales / November 12, 2021 /

Well that was powerful. On the Wednesday following Beaver Lake Cree Nation’s Supreme Court hearing, we heard about the significance of Advance Cost Orders in Aboriginal title and Treaty rights cases. Karey Brooks, lead counsel for Beaver Lake Cree Nation, gave us a deeper look at the events leading up to last week’s Supreme Court…

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Double your impact for Beaver Lake Cree Nation

By RAVEN / October 21, 2021 /

All donations are being DOUBLED for Beaver Lake Cree Nation. Let’s carry this case all the way to the Supreme Court!

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Blaze a trail to the Supreme Court with Beaver Lake Cree Nation.

By RAVEN / September 15, 2021 /

Once upon a time, a band of visionaries joined forces to ride the rails across Canada. Comprising Indigenous chiefs, lawyers, activists and artists, the group made the cross-country train journey to protest the lack of recognition of Aboriginal rights in the repatriation of the Canadian constitution. The Constitution Express became an international sensation, forcing the…

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Beaver Lake Cree Nation is headed to the Supreme Court!

By Ana Simeon / September 11, 2021 /

On November 4, Beaver Lake Cree Nation will appear before Canada’s highest court in a bid to reinstate a cost award which the Nation says is the only way to bring a decade-long treaty rights challenge finally to trial. Support Beaver Lake Cree Nation’s urgent legal work to prepare for the hearing in Ottawa. “What…

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Beaver Lake Cree Nation is headed to the Supreme Court!

By Andrea Palframan / January 22, 2021 /

Beaver Lake Cree Nation is headed to the Supreme Court! Yesterday,  the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal the decision of the Alberta Court of Appeal overturning Beaver Lake Cree Nation’s advanced cost award.   Since 2008, the  Beaver Lake Cree have been pursuing the Tar Sands Trial. This novel and complex Treaty infringement…

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A Key Strategy to Stop the Tar Sands: International Alliance

By Maia Wikler / November 10, 2020 /

In northern Alberta, Beaver Lake Cree Nation has stewarded the lands since time immemorial. But now, their traditional territory has become ground zero for dirty fossil fuel expansion.  The tar sands involve both open-pit mining of bitumen, and ‘in-situ’ steam extraction to pull bitumen from deep within the Earth. Both methods cause devastating water pollution…

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