Resources

A Candid Look at the “Rule of Law”

By Maia Wikler / April 4, 2020 /

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 Maia Wikler / April 4, 2020 /

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 Maia Wikler / April 4, 2020 /

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 Maia Wikler / April 4, 2020 /

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 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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