Wet’suwet’en

National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Necessitates Action

By Maia Wikler / May 5, 2020 /

May 5th is a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Native women experience the highest rates of violence of any group in the US. In Canada, Indigenous women are more than twice as likely than non-Indigenous women to face violence. Violence manifests in many forms. Violence against the land…

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Coastal GasLink is for Sale: Take Action, Make Your Voice Heard

By Maia Wikler / April 24, 2020 /

This Earth Week, we’re flooding the US-based investment firm KKR &Co with calls, emails, and tweets to stop the company from buying the Coastal GasLink pipeline. The Coastal GasLink pipeline threatens Wet’suwet’en land, water, air, and people. KKR has plans to purchase 65% of the Coastal GasLink pipeline with Alberta Investment Management Corp (AIMCo). KKR…

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Inspiring 10 year-old Organizes Online Birthday Fundraiser for Indigenous Rights!

By Maia Wikler / April 21, 2020 /

This week, we were especially inspired by a brilliant Solidarity from Home action by a 10-year old who decided to use his birthday as an opportunity to fundraise for RAVEN. He says he chose RAVEN because of his concern and support for Wet’suwet’en against the Coastal GasLink pipeline and wanted to keep that momentum going. …

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

By Maia Wikler / 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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Protect Indigenous and Workers’ Health by Shutting Down Work Camps

By Andrea Palframan / April 12, 2020 /

As the global COVID-19 pandemic grows, the Canadian Government has not ensured the safety of rural northern communities. Coastal Gas Link, Trans Mountain Pipeline, Teck coal mines – all continue construction and work despite the shutdowns in virtually every other sector. The lives and health of Indigenous peoples and communities continue to be put at…

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Podcast S1 Episode 4 – Covid Capitalism & The Case Against CGL

By Andrea Palframan / April 7, 2020 /

 In today’s episode of RAVEN (De)Briefs podcast, you’ll meet Caily DiPuma, a lawyer working with Wet’suwet’en Nation on legal challenges pushing back against Coastal Gas Link’s fracked gas pipeline. Until the Covid19 outbreak took over the global consciousness, Wet’suwet’en were gaining international attention as their peaceful resistance to CGL’s pipeline erupted in violence at the…

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VIDEO: We Are Un-Frackable  – Webinar 1 With Adam Gagnon and Mike Sawyer

By Andrea Palframan / April 6, 2020 /

We learned a lot from our amazing guests on Friday’s “We Are UnFrackable” webinar. If you were able to join us, thank you for listening and sharing. If you missed hearing Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief Dsta’Hyl (Adam Gagnon) and Citizens’ Oil and Gas Council ED Michael Sawyer, you can watch a recording of the webinar here: …

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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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