Water is life: a final chapter for Pull Together

Water is life. That’s the organizing principle that drew so many of us together to fight the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project. Whether you are from the prairies or the mountains, the coast or the interior, you care deeply about leaving a legacy for future generations. And, you put your energy, donations, advocacy and…

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Questions & reflections on the brink of light

Though most of us are in the deep freeze of winter, the hours of darkness are getting shorter and the light is growing, bit by bit, every day. The conditions of nature are conducive to going inwards, while the restrictions of Covid demand that we contain ourselves and even, when necessary, isolate. In this time…

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Celebrating Victories in 2021!

We have a lot to celebrate! This year RAVEN has surpassed our every goal, in every way. Raised 2.3 million in total for Indigenous justice and to sustain RAVEN’s work! We experienced so much generosity, such unrelentingly fierce determination by our partner Nations, and the crackling energy of several new campaigns – with 5000+  donors by…

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What this pipeline needs is a good quashing

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

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 planes…

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Celebrating a massive Tsilhqot’in win with the RAVEN community

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!!

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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Defend the Treaties case boosted: Beaver Lake Cree awarded advance costs

(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 “Defend the Treaties” – formerly 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…

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