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What’s next for Wet’suwet’en land protectors?

By RAVEN / February 21, 2024 / Comments Off on What’s next for Wet’suwet’en land protectors?

“When the glacier melts, the world will catch fire.” That’s a warning, issued by elders, that drives Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs as they work to uphold their Nation’s laws. Having been sidelined in consultation processes and left out of critical negotiations over industrial activity that is transforming their homelands beyond recognition, Dsta’hyl and other hereditary chiefs…

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Breaking News: Supreme Court affirms Indigenous self-governance in child welfare law, UNDRIP in groundbreaking decision

By Leslie Anne St. Amour / February 14, 2024 / Comments Off on Breaking News: Supreme Court affirms Indigenous self-governance in child welfare law, UNDRIP in groundbreaking decision

What is the TLDR? The long struggle for equity for Indigenous children and families has reached a milestone. In upholding Bill C-92, Canada’s Supreme Court also  recognized that the federal government can pass laws which incorporate Indigenous laws, giving them the power of federal law. The Court agreed that, with this legislation, Canada did affirm…

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Indigenous Resistance to Mining: Ontario First Nations Call for Year-Long Moratorium on Mining Claims 

By Levin Chamberlain / February 12, 2024 / Comments Off on Indigenous Resistance to Mining: Ontario First Nations Call for Year-Long Moratorium on Mining Claims 

The Chiefs of Ontario have called for a year-long pause on all mining claims on their territories in the face of rampant mining speculation. Still: the province keeps issuing mining tenures without the consent of 133 First Nations.  The Ontario provincial government began using an online system for staking mineral claims in 2018, allowing individuals…

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Image of coastal oil refinery with smoke coming out of a chimney, meant to illustrate pollution caused from fossil fuel industry.

Hot take: 6300% FALSE: Canada takes gaslighting to a whole new level

By RAVEN / January 31, 2024 / Comments Off on Hot take: 6300% FALSE: Canada takes gaslighting to a whole new level

What is Gaslighting? It’s that workmate who, when called out on their racist behaviour, retorts, “You’re being too sensitive: this has NOTHING to do with race.” It’s that casual date who shows up half an hour late to dinner then, when you tell them you’re upset about it, says you’re being ‘clingy’.  Or, it’s that…

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Hot Take: We won?!? A chance to stop rampant LNG exports

By Andrea Palframan / January 25, 2024 / Comments Off on Hot Take: We won?!? A chance to stop rampant LNG exports

Boy do we ever need this.  In the climate justice movement, there is slow, incremental progress and — let’s face it — a dizzying array of losses to contend with.  But yesterday’s announcement that the U.S. is pausing LNG export permits is one to celebrate. It’s the result of intense organizing over YEARS by groups large and…

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First Nation appeals court decision

By RAVEN / January 11, 2024 / Comments Off on First Nation appeals court decision

Repost from CIM Magazine. Read full article here Leaders of the Gitxaała Nation applauded a British Columbia Supreme Court ruling that the province’s online claim staking system violates the Crown’s duty to consult Indigenous peoples. But the Nation is pursuing a partial appeal of the decision, arguing that the court should have prevented further staking…

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A year-end message from RAVEN’s Executive Director Danielle Wilson

By RAVEN / December 28, 2023 / Comments Off on A year-end message from RAVEN’s Executive Director Danielle Wilson

There are two possible futures for this country.  One future sees us double down on taxpayer subsidies for climate-destroying projects, for the benefit of oligarchs and hedge funds. The other future sees us apply Indigenous-led land-use plans to sustainably manage resources — with future generations in mind.  That future looks like clearcut logging and toxic tailings…

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Resurgence: Stories of Indigenous resilience & creativity

By Andrea Palframan / December 27, 2023 / Comments Off on Resurgence: Stories of Indigenous resilience & creativity

Indigenous creators are breaking down barriers and taking center stage to bring powerful messages through books, music and art.

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RAVEN’s 2023 Reflections (Part 2)

By RAVEN / December 15, 2023 / Comments Off on RAVEN’s 2023 Reflections (Part 2)

As we flip through the final pages of 2023, we want to take a moment to reflect on a transformative year. 2023 has been a landmark year for RAVEN, with 16 Nations supported and powerful legal precedents achieved. Yet, the year has also been tough for so many, marked by the harsh realities of inflation,…

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RAVEN’s 2023 reflections (part 1)

By RAVEN / December 14, 2023 / Comments Off on RAVEN’s 2023 reflections (part 1)

It’s been an amazing year of stretching our wings. As we look back at a wild 2023, we’re  filled with gratitude as we reflect on the legal precedents we’ve set, new legal challenges launched, and bold alliances forged. This year, we’ve rallied on the court steps in support of Gitxaała Nation,  paddled up to a…

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