Resources

Crucial Connections: COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis

By Maia Wikler / April 2, 2020 /

The COVID-19 pandemic has swept through communities around the world, leaving many grappling with uncertainty of economic stability, public health infrastructure and political upheaval. The rapidness in which the pandemic took hold and manifested is explosive and immediate in time and space, it is a global crisis that has transfixed media and the public alike.…

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RAVEN is justice, powered by the crowd

By Andrea Palframan / February 24, 2020 /

RAVEN is honoured to be working in partnership with Wet’suwet’en Nation to fundraise for legal challenges to push back against unwanted industrial activity in their territory. Read more about the cases here: #WetsuwetenStrong Allies Toolkit When crafting a legal strategy to push back against Coastal Gas Link and assert their rights in court, Wet’suwet’en clan…

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S1 Episode One : The Power of Music to ‘up the Auntie’ in us all

By Andrea Palframan / February 23, 2020 /

We are THRILLED to be launching the new “Raven Debriefs” podcast, meant for everyone out there who is wondering just what we talk about when we talk about “LAW” in this country.  10 years ago Susan Smitten founded this organization called RAVEN: the acronym stands for Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs. RAVEN works at…

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#WetsuwetenStrong Allies Toolkit

By Andrea Palframan / February 19, 2020 /

Ready to get organized in support of Wet’suwet’en land protectors? We’ve put together this Toolkit for Action: please share widely! Calls to Action Wet’suwet’en leadership have asked the RAVEN community to stand with them as they pursue two groundbreaking legal challenges. Download campaign one pager with details on both legal challenges which RAVEN is supporting,…

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Get Clear on Wet’suwet’en Law: Unpacking Canadian Court and Media’s Confusion

By Maia Wikler / January 20, 2020 /

There has been a lot of confusion in the media and even within the B.C. government about the place of Wet’suwet’en Indigenous law within the Canadian system.  Even as the RCMP occupy a bridge on the Morice River, Premier John Horgan blithely talks about a “familial dispute”. In fact, the discord between hereditary leadership systems and…

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Unpacking Solidarity & Allyship

By Maia Wikler / January 20, 2020 /

With reconciliation being discussed in communities, in classrooms, in boardrooms and on the floor of Parliament, there is an upwelling of interest and passion for engagement with Indigenous rights in Canada. Canadians are leaning in to understand the history of Indigenous Peoples, and to know the underlying issues of colonization and assimilation, to know where…

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A Necessary Resource: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

By Maia Wikler / January 20, 2020 /

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is a comprehensive statement addressing the human rights of Indigenous peoples. It was drafted and formally debated for over 20 years prior to being adopted by the General Assembly on 13 September 2007. The document emphasizes the rights of Indigenous peoples to live in dignity,…

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Our Vision? A Country Where Democracy Thrives with Honoured Indigenous Rights

By Maia Wikler / January 20, 2020 /

RAVEN’s vision is a country where constitutional democracy is flourishing because Indigenous laws, rights and stewardship values are honoured. We are spotlighting some of our favourite programs aimed at exploring, honouring and understanding Indigenous laws in BC. West Coast Environmental Law: Revitalizing Indigenous law for Land, Air and Water (RELAW) “For thousands of years, Indigenous…

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Understanding the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Everyday

By Maia Wikler / January 20, 2020 /

The worldwide drive to extract and develop minerals and fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal), coupled with the fact that much of what remains of these natural resources is situated on the lands of indigenous peoples, results in increasing and ever more widespread effects on indigenous peoples’ lives… indigenous peoples around the world have suffered…

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How to Implement Free, Prior and Informed Consent: An Overview

By Maia Wikler / January 17, 2020 /

On November 12, 2010, Canada issued a Statement of Support endorsing the UN Declaration. What does the implementation of this declaration mean? How can government and businesses implement Free, Prior and Informed Consent? The UN Declaration is monumental because it is the only human rights instrument created with the participation of the rights holders themselves.…

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