Victories

What this pipeline needs is a good quashing

By Andrea Palframan / August 28, 2020 /

August 30 is the anniversary of the day, back in 2018, when the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the TMX pipeline. The decision set an important precedent. The court found the government failed to properly consult First Nations on the Trans Mountain project. It also found the government’s approval of the project violated its responsibility…

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A letter from RAVEN’s Executive Director, Susan Smitten

By Andrea Palframan / May 21, 2020 /

Last week we celebrated the final victory in Tsilhqot’in Nation’s decade-long struggle to stop the desecration of their land by gold mining. The Supreme Court’s word is final: Taseko’s New Prosperity mine is dead. Done for. Kaput.   There are some events that stick with you for life.  You remember where you were, like when…

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Celebrating a massive Tsilhqot’in win with the RAVEN community

By Andrea Palframan / May 20, 2020 /

Today, the sun is shining just a little more brightly in Tsilhqot’in territory. Glinting off of the alpine waters of Teztan Biny – also known as Fish Lake – the dancing light is a gift that, thanks to a precedent-setting legal victory, will keep on giving, forever.  On a Thursday morning before a holiday weekend,…

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Triple Victory for Tsilhqot’in Nation vs. Taseko!!

By Andrea Palframan / December 18, 2019 /

image ©Toronto Star. Incredible news that we want to share right away! In RAVEN’s 10-year history we’ve seen First Nations win so many victories but we’ve never had an avalanche like this — 3 wins in 2 days! It all started December 17, when the BC Court of Appeal dismissed Taseko’s application for leave to…

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Tar Sands Trial boosted: Beaver Lake Cree awarded advance costs

By Andrea Palframan / October 3, 2019 /

(français ci dessous) This week, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench granted advance costs to Beaver Lake Cree Nation to allow it to proceed with its “Tar Sands Trial” treaty case against Canada and Alberta. It’s a huge breakthrough for a case that’s been called ‘a gamechanger’ for Indigenous rights in Canada. Now, after years…

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Magnificent Peel Watershed protected for future generations

By Andrea Palframan / August 29, 2019 /

After 15 years of court challenges that went all the way to the Supreme Court, Indigenous Nations came together on August 22nd to sign the final agreement protecting 67,000 square km of land and water in the Yukon. RAVEN is so honoured to have been part of the court challenge that brought victory to Nations…

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A nailbiting morning. An astounding victory.

By Andrea Palframan / December 20, 2018 /

Another trip around the sun. Another amazing year for RAVEN. Writing these ‘retrospective’ emails summons so many powerful emotions. We’re driven by a sense of urgency at RAVEN: with legal challenges, there are no guarantees, and the successes, when they come, are impossible to predict or prepare for. This is why we are peppering you…

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Tsilhqot’in Nation Secures Injunction Preventing Taseko From Commencing Drilling Program Until Appeal is Determined

By Andrea Palframan / September 19, 2018 /

In a decision released from the bench, the Court of Appeal granted an injunction to the Tsilhqot’in, effectively stopping exploratory drilling and road building by Taseko Mines. The court found that the likelihood of Taseko being able to meet its 2020 deadline was in “substantial doubt.” It accepted that there was a serious issue to…

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We won! A resounding victory against Kinder Morgan

By Andrea Palframan / August 30, 2018 /

Epic. Ecstatic. Elated. Some of the words today from Indigenous leadership as they took in the Federal Court of Appeal ruling on the now quashed Kinder Morgan pipeline.  To quote Squamish elected councilor Khelsilem – “Quash is an old, old, old Squamish word that means ‘told you so!’” We’re celebrating too – doing the happy dance! …

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Become part of the (victory) equation

By Andrea Palframan / December 21, 2017 /

2017 was a breakthrough year for RAVEN, and for Indigenous rights. Have a look at what we accomplished together in 2017!!  

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