Defend the Treaties

Birthday Justice

By RAVEN / June 9, 2018 /

Host a birthday fundraiser for Indigenous Justice! Are you hitting a milestone, or just hitting your stride? Ted Grand was turning 50, and he wanted to do something more meaningful than just receive a bunch of messages on Facebook or a pile of presents. He set up an online fundraiser and raised over $7000 for…

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A move to real reconciliation

By RAVEN / June 9, 2018 /

If you held the winning card in a life or death game — would you play it if you knew it also came with a price that would leave you, your family and all your relations destitute for possibly generations to come? And knowing that the price of not playing it would leave you, your…

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Beaver Lake Cree Nation’s legal action to stop tar sands is a move to real reconciliation

By Andrea Palframan / June 6, 2018 /

If you held the winning card in a life or death game — would you play it if you knew it also came with a price that would leave you, your family and all your relations destitute for possibly generations to come? And knowing that the price of not playing it would leave you, your…

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Defend the Treaties Legal Backgrounder

By Andrea Palframan / April 19, 2018 /

Legal Backgrounder   Treaty 6: In 1876, the Crown and the ancestors of Beaver Lake Cree entered into Treaty 6, whereby the Crown made a solemn promise that Beaver Lake Cree would be able to  maintain their way of life. Since the signing of Treaty 6, the Crown has authorized non-aboriginal land uses including agriculture,…

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The Cooperative Difference

By RAVEN / January 12, 2018 /

As an example of corporate social responsibility, one of the first examples I experienced as ED at RAVEN of ‘being the change’ that Gandhi espoused was with a member-led bank in the UK.  The bank’s commitment to Beaver Lake Cree Nation’s legal action to push back the tar sands industrial developments pre-dates RAVEN and my…

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Beaver Lake Cree Bring the Power of the Sun to Tar Sands Ground Zero

By Andrea Palframan / November 27, 2017 /

By Ana Simeon   |  Campaigns Director, RAVEN    When you live in the middle of the biggest sacrifice zone on Earth, how do you keep up your spirit? When the plants and animals that sustained your community are gone, how do you pass on land-based cultural teachings to the next generation?   The Beaver…

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Fall harvesting with the Beaver Lake Cree

By Andrea Palframan / November 3, 2017 /

Post by Laurie McKenzie, RAVEN’s Director of Development There are two aspects my job that I love: getting to know RAVEN’s generous donors and building relationships with the community members of Beaver Lake Cree. This past September was my sixth trip up north but the first I attended a fall harvest camp. I feel connected…

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A Crude Affair in Canada : The Alberta Tar Sands and First Nations

By RAVEN / April 18, 2017 /

JFK Law is pleased to share this recent interview for the Gravity FM Podcast, titled “A Crude Affair in Canada : The Alberta Tar Sands and First Nations”. In this podcast, Robert and Karey discuss two of their current cases: Beaver Lake Cree Nation’s Infringement case and Mikisew Cree First Nation’s appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada. You…

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Treaty Alliance links Nations across Turtle Island

By Andrea Palframan / September 23, 2016 /

It’s been big week for First Nations on Turtle Island! Today,  50 First Nations from across Canada and the United States in signing a historic treaty to stop all tar sands projects in our territories. The Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion is a powerful expression of Indigenous law that prohibits new pipelines, tankers and oil-by-rail…

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A path to jobs and justice: Op-Ed by Crystal Lameman

By Andrea Palframan / April 26, 2016 /

We are so proud to be working with Crystal Lameman on the Beaver Lake Cree campaign (thetarsandstrial.ca). It takes guts to stand up to Big Oil as an Albertan, and serious smarts to take your message to the media with such panache and conviction. Lameman is both courageous and brilliant. She serves her people tirelessly in her pursuit of…

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