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VIDEO: Webinar 2 Creativity, Tenacity and Community: The Key Ingredients Behind Legal Challenges for Climate Justice

By RAVEN / April 15, 2020 /

During the second episode of the “We are Un-Frackable” webinar series, we delved deep into conversation that not only unpacked the legal strategy behind cases that will challenge the status quo on climate action, but we also learned about the hearts and hopes behind these legal pursuits for justice.  We were joined by Richard Overstall,…

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A Candid Look at the “Rule of Law”

By RAVEN / April 4, 2020 / Comments Off on A Candid Look at the “Rule of Law”

For whom does the Rule of Law apply and for what? If we look back critically on the application of the “rule of law” it has been used to justify human rights violations and other deplorable acts. Unfortunately, this isn’t relegated to the past. Recently, we have seen the same sentiments applied to the ongoing…

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Important Distinctions: Hereditary Chiefs & Band Councils

By RAVEN / April 4, 2020 / Comments Off on Important Distinctions: Hereditary Chiefs & Band Councils

If you have been following media coverage and political pundits on the Wet’suwet’en resistance to the Coastal GasLink pipeline construction, you have probably heard the popular divide and conquer framing of hereditary leaders vs. elected band council members given their opposing views on the pipeline project. What the media has failed to unpack are critical…

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Man Camps Perpetuate Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

By RAVEN / April 4, 2020 / Comments Off on Man Camps Perpetuate Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Violence against the land begets violence against women. Research, testimonies and community members have made this crucial connection. Notably, Amnesty International reported: “Oil and gas extraction, coal mining, and hydroelectric development help fuel the provincial economy and create high paying jobs that attract workers from across the country. In actively promoting intensive development in the…

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What you need to know about Delgamuukw vs. British Columbia

By RAVEN / April 4, 2020 / Comments Off on What you need to know about Delgamuukw vs. British Columbia

The Delgamuuk Supreme Court decision has been a main point of interest during the contentious RCMP raid of Wet’suwet’en lands during the winters of 2019 and 2020 for the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project. While B.C. premier John Horgan has said that the project garnered necessary support through permits and Wet’suwet’en leaders, the…

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Crucial Connections: COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis

By RAVEN / April 2, 2020 / Comments Off on Crucial Connections: COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis

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 / Comments Off on RAVEN is justice, powered by the crowd

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

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

By RAVEN / January 20, 2020 / Comments Off on Get Clear on Wet’suwet’en Law: Unpacking Canadian Court and Media’s Confusion

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 RAVEN / January 20, 2020 / Comments Off on Unpacking Solidarity & Allyship

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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