Two years ago RAVEN used Aeroplan Miles to support the Tsilhqot’in Elders Bus trip to Ottawa for the Supreme Court of Canada title hearing of the Roger William case. The elders on the bus testified in the original trial, which started in 2002. They travelled thousands of miles to witness the historic Supreme Court hearing. Aeroplan Miles were used to purchase hotel rooms across the country to help offset the cost of transporting more than 20 people from the remote BC community.
“Being able to bring community members to witness history being made, to be present in courtrooms and and rallies in support of their brave legal challenges is another side of supporting First Nation’s access to justice,” says Susan Smitten, RAVEN’s Executive Director. “Your donations of miles literally go a long way toward alleviating the costs borne by nations who are trying to protect Mother Earth for all of us.”
Now, RAVEN is looking to raise 300,000 miles to cover travel for First Nations Chiefs, elders, and community members to attend court challenges, meet with political leaders, and attend solidarity events around the country. Can you help?
If you are collecting Aeroplan Miles (orange card), you can donate them online by clicking here. Aeroplan will donate 30,000 Miles when we reach 270,000!!
Right now, we’re raising Aeroplan Miles to allow the Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace caravan to cross the country to attend the Federal Court challenge to the Site-C Dam on September 12th in Montreal. Along the way, the caravan will be stopping in communities from Edmonton to Ottawa to raise awareness and funds so the First Nations can be as well resourced as possible to defend their Treaty rights against the flooding of the Peace River valley.