Defend the Treaties

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

By RAVEN / 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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Defend the Treaties case boosted: Beaver Lake Cree awarded advance costs

By Andrea Palframan / October 3, 2019 /

(français ci dessous) This week, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench granted advance costs to Beaver Lake Cree Nation to allow it to proceed with its “Defend the Treaties” – formerly Tar Sands Trial – treaty case against Canada and Alberta. It’s a huge breakthrough for a case that’s been called ‘a gamechanger’ for Indigenous…

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Milestones upon milestones

By RAVEN / December 18, 2018 /

Donations for Beaver Lake Cree’s historic tar sands trial have exceeded our wildest expectations – not to mention our goal of $575,000 by November 30. As of this writing, December 10, RAVEN has raised $610,908 for Beaver Lake Cree’s strategic Advance Cost Motion. So why are we still fundraising? And what’s with the new goal…

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Wenatchee, WA host fundraising screening for the Tar Sands Trial

By RAVEN / November 21, 2018 /

Our allies in Washington State are screening “The Human Element” in support of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation. Renowned photographer James Balog (CHASING ICE) uses his camera to reveal how environmental change is affecting the lives of everyday Americans. Following the four classical elements— air, earth, fire and water— to frame his journey, Balog explores…

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Victoria hosts Cole Gladue of Beaver Lake Cree at Tar Sands Trial Fundraiser

By RAVEN / November 7, 2018 /

Join us for an evening of story-telling and solidarity. All are welcome! NOVEMBER 7th, 2018Doors open: 6:30pmFeaturing:COLE GLADUE, Beaver Lake Cree NationSUSAN SMITTEN, RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs)Musical Stylings by Lorraine NygaardHome baked Apple Crisp and coffee/teaAdmission: FREE but this is a fund-raiser. Your generous donations to this important cause are greatly appreciated…

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Double your impact with Matching Funds for Beaver Lake Cree Nation

By RAVEN / October 31, 2018 /

Starting November 1st, every donation will be DOUBLED thanks to a coalition of matching funds donors! This is a serious boost to this campaign that means every action you take will have twice the impact, from making a donation to fundraising online to organizing an event. In just four short weeks, people across Canada have raised…

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Learn Cutting Edge Online Fundraising + Organizing Strategies: Webinar!

By RAVEN / October 31, 2018 /

Interested in learning more about organizing + fundraising? Join a webinar with RAVEN’s Ana Simeon and Tar Sands Trial organizer Brendan Campbell on November 6th, 4:30 P.S.T. RSVP: RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) has used state-of-the-art digital tools to amplify and grow the power of grassroots movements. Find out how you can lean…

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Meet Brendan, Tar Sands Trial Campaigner

By RAVEN / October 5, 2018 /

Brendan is a Cree undergraduate student was born and raised on Treaty 4 territory, but moved in 2014 to Nogojiwanong (Peterborough), which is within the territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg. Here, he continued his studies as part of the Indigenous Environmental Studies & Science program. He is eternally grateful to the Anishinaabeg, who made space…

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Beaver Lake Cree powwow lifts us all up

By Andrea Palframan / July 9, 2018 /

Together with RAVEN’s executive director Susan Smitten, I was  honoured to attend the Beaver Lake Cree hosted pow wow near Lac La Biche on Treaty 6 territory last weekend. We were among just a handful of non-Indigenous guests who attended: mainly, the three-day event was a chance for extended families, pow wow circuit artists and…

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Healing Walk Victoria: an inter-faith journey

By RAVEN / July 4, 2018 /

By Terry Dance-Bennink I came back a changed woman after my river pilgrimage to the tar-sands in September 2013, determined to take action. I shared the story of my pilgrimage at my local church, Esquimalt United, and to my delight, our minister, Leanne Benoit, suggested we hold a solidarity healing walk next spring in Victoria,…

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