RAVEN - Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs



Looking back on RAVEN’s humble beginnings, there’s no way we could have imagined coming so far, so fast, if it hadn’t been for the tremendous support of donors, online fundraisers, allied groups and community organizers.

We’re small, we’re nimble, and like the mythical trickster raven, we’re not afraid to fly into the face of darkness where others are unwilling to go. Defeating the odds and winning time and again in court, we’ve proven that it’s exactly the kind of strategic legal challenges that RAVEN funds that can secure Indigenous rights and protect the environment.

Thanks to our committed donors and supporters, our strategic approach is working.  If we haven’t said it clearly enough: thank youThis is shaping up to be a landmark year: the challenges ahead will be easier to face knowing we have the solidarity and support of the circle of allies surrounding us.

We anticipate even greater victories in the courts of the land with the continued assistance of those who, like us, believe that our legal system should —  first and foremost — dispense justice based on the best evidence available regardless of wealth and power imbalances.

Your support can make a difference. Join us. 

RAVEN’s Story

Since 2014, RAVEN has disbursed millions of dollars to our campaign communities. This support has resulted in the cancellation of permits for the Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan pipelines. We were able to help mount not one but two formidable campaigns to raise the funds that enabled the Tsilhqot’in National Government to achieve success in defence of Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) and their sacred homeland.  Through our Tar Sands Trial campaign, we ensured the Beaver Lake Cree litigation has the funds to continue to trial to stop the degradation of their traditional lands by the tar sands industries.  We helped four Yukon First Nations defend the Peel Watershed in a historic Supreme Court victory. And we have assisted other nations, such as Lake Babine First Nation and Heiltsuk Nation to protect their territory and assert their sovereignty over land, air and water.

We have provided support to 19 Nations through over a decade of working towards levelling the paying field and ensuring access to justice for Indigenous Peoples.

RAVEN’s support also means that Indigenous  nations do not have to divert funds away from critical community resources like housing, addiction services, infrastructure and health care.

“We’re a small community, we’re doing what we can to stop this project. We don’t have the resources that big corporations do, or the government has, so every little bit helps. We’re just so grateful for people helping. Every dollar that’s raised will help our communities and help our people take this stand.

~ Chief Marilyn Slett, Heiltsuk Nation

Victory Reports

RAVEN Victories

Our latest Annual Report is here! RAVEN conducted an audit in 2017, looking at our systems and financial operations in minute detail. It’s part of our commitment to scrupulously stewarding the precious funds that come our way so we can be as lean, mean and...

Tsilhqot’in win in Federal Court!

Have you heard? The Federal Court just dismissed Taseko’s last-ditch attempt to overturn the federal rejection of their doomed “New Prosperity” mine at Teztan Biny (Fish Lake)! We are grateful to everyone who donated, organized and attended rallies in support of this...

Supreme Court victory for the Peel!

Today is a good day. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the plan to protect the majority of the Peel Watershed in northern Yukon. It’s a massive victory for Yukon First Nations and cause for environmental celebration on a global scale....

You donated. You organized. We won!

We’re witnessing a historic moment. The proposed Enbridge pipeline is dead! Today the federal government announced that it is revoking its approval for the Northern Gateway pipeline,  giving effect to the First Nations victory in court this July. Seven First Nations...
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