Wet’suwet’en

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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We are UnFrackable: Wet’suwet’en Webinar Series Launches

By Maia Wikler / March 30, 2020 /

Join RAVEN and the Council of Canadians for a three-part webinar series focussed on national resistance to LNG – aka fracked gas. The narrative peddled by government and industry is that LNG is “ethical”, “environmental”, and “economic”. We’ll bring together fantastic expert guests and frontline activists to debunk that myth, while connecting the dots of…

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Ottawa event for Wet’suwet’en Justice fund kicks off March 28

By Andrea Palframan / March 9, 2020 /

A benefit concert as a part of the WE ARE THE STRONGHOLD collective action to support the legal defense fund of Wet’suwet’en protectors of land, air and water. Let’s dance, sing, and make a noise to support the Wet’suwet’en Clans and houses, whose rights and title to their unceded territory (Yintah) in northern British Columbia…

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Toronto Benefit Show “Rock for Wet’suwet’en” launches ticket sales today

By Andrea Palframan / March 4, 2020 /

In 1997 the Wet’Suwet’en hereditary chiefs fought a legendary court case aimed at establishing them as the legal guardians of their 22,000 sq. km. traditional territory. Yet, Coastal Gaslink insists that their 670 km. natural gas pipeline must run directly through the territory. The hereditary chiefs say NO! To assist Wet’suwet’en in asserting their legal…

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We Are the Stronghold

By Andrea Palframan / February 27, 2020 /

Canada, some say, is fractured.  In the past few weeks, as events have unfolded on Wet’suwet’en territory, the seams of this stitched-together mosaic of a nation have been exposed.  In many quarters, the mask has slipped to reveal the ugly face of racism.  When a provincial premier spreads fake news, we have a problem.  When…

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Teck’s Rejection is Just the Beginning as Wet’suwet’en Gain Legal Momentum

By Maia Wikler / February 25, 2020 /

Across North America, communities are rejoicing as people-powered pressure shut down Teck Resources Ltd., nipping in the bud any hopes of constructing one of the largest oil sands mines to ever be built in Alberta. Teck’s Frontier mine, designed to be  nearly double the size of the city of Vancouver, was expected to have a…

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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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