Defend the Treaties

What inspires a RAVEN champion?

By Andrea Palframan / October 13, 2020 /

We were SO delighted to receive this message from one of our online fundraisers, who writes: Team RAVEN, I have worked in renewable energy development in the United States for 14 years, developing wind, solar and battery energy projects across the country with the goal of decarbonizing the grid. I have deep environmental convictions that led me…

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Hard-fought Constitutional protection could lose its meaning

By Andrea Palframan / September 15, 2020 /

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 Indigenous Nation is facing down that climate calamity with determined action.…

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Bananas not Bitumen: Baking in solidarity with Beaver Lake Cree

By Maia Wikler / June 11, 2020 /

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 calls. This May, Marianne whipped up her signature banana…

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This community can keep a promise

By RAVEN / June 10, 2020 /

For the past month, we’ve been reaching out to you about the tough fight facing Alberta’s Beaver Lake Cree. First, we told you about the outrageous injustice being faced by a small Indigenous Nation, forced to argue their financial poverty in court – on their own dime – while facing the deep-pocketed governments of Alberta…

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VIDEO: Behind the Scenes: An Insider’s Look at the Tar Sands Trial

By Andrea Palframan / May 29, 2020 /

Want the backstory on the Tar Sands Trial? Watch the video of a powerful discussion between Beaver Lake Cree’s Crystal Lameman, lawyer Karey Brooks, and RAVEN Campaigns Director Ana Simeon. Crystal Lameman led us through a history of the Tar Sands Trial legal action. She says, “Our nation is tired of how industry runs amok…

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Alberta and Canada Deny Beaver Lake Cree Nation’s Financial Poverty in their Most Recent Appeal of the Court’s Advance Cost Award

By Andrea Palframan / May 28, 2020 /

post by Crystal Lameman, Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Treaty No. 6 My home community, the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Treaty No. 6 (Alberta), filed a legal action in 2008 based on the Crown’s failure to account for cumulative impacts of industrial development, including numerous oilsands projects — one of the world’s largest and most carbon-intensive…

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Reconcile This: Health, Wellness and Safety During a World Pandemic, or Concessions for Extreme Resource Extraction

By Andrea Palframan / May 25, 2020 /

by Crystal Lameman, guest author As the world faces unprecedented times, we are presented with an opportunity to change a system that was not working, did not put life and Mother Earth first, and was grounded in the continued taking up of land and resources to fill a bottomless stomach of greed. But for awhile…

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Doubling down on justice: support the Tar Sands Trial and multiply your impact! 

By Andrea Palframan / May 3, 2020 /

The Beaver Lake Cree are back in court, facing down Canada to defend their treaty rights in the  historic Tar Sands Trial.  Starting May 5th, we are matching every donation to the Tar Sands Trial : thanks to a generous donor, every dollar you give will be DOUBLED.  Thanks to an incredible people-powered campaign for justice,…

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Events in Toronto and Montreal: On the Frontlines of Climate Justice

By RAVEN / January 30, 2020 /

Generous supporters like you have made a significant contribution to one of the most important legal challenges of our time: the fight to contain the expansion of Canada’s tar sands. The winter 2018 campaign for Beaver Lake Cree’s Tar Sands Trial has raised almost $200K. Since the New Year, the Beaver Lake Cree legal team…

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Beaver Lake Cree Nation pushes ahead in David and Goliath Struggle to Stop the Tar Sands

By Maia Wikler / January 6, 2020 /

This past winter marked a victorious ruling for the Beaver Lake Cree (BLCN). In a rare decision, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench granted advance costs to Beaver Lake Cree Nation (BLCN) to allow it to proceed with its “Tar Sands Trial” treaty action against Canada and Alberta. It’s a huge breakthrough for a case…

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