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.

With the defeat of Enbridge, 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. 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.  

Please take a moment to visit this page and discover how far RAVEN has come on behalf of Indigenous justice. If we haven’t said it clearly enough: thank you2017 is shaping up to be a breakthrough year. The challenges ahead will be easier to face knowing we have the solidarity and support of the circle of allies surrounding us.

My community has expanded so much through all the gentle warriors who have made this fight their own. Thank you for standing with us. There is no force in this country that is stronger than the community we’ve built.”

Jess Housty, Councillor, Heiltsuk First Nation

“We see RAVEN as the NGO best-placed to assist this First Nation because of its mandate to support First Nations by levelling the playing field when it comes to going head to head with government-assisted industrial expansion.”

Colin Baines, The Cooperative Bank of the U.K. , Social Goals Campaign Manager

“I’m donating because it’s clear to me that the time has come for settler people to stand with First Nations in defense of the land and waters. Many bows to the folks at RAVEN Trust for your determined action in defense of indigenous water protectors and all life.”

~ Benjamin, online donor

“First Nation Rights & Title is one of the most powerful drivers of conservation in Canada. Supporting First Nations’ ability to assert this power is one of the most effective pathways for halting unsustainable industrial development and driving systemic change. RAVEN is one of the only organizations providing this information and support to the Aboriginal People of Canada. A general support grant would help not only extend the organization’s reach, but also ensure its durability and continuity over time, which is critical to impact, and the conservation of both biological and cultural diversity.”

Christina Mormorunni, Leonardo de Caprio Foundation


Pull Together Campaign: Legal Challenges to Enbridge

Together with Sierra Club BC, RAVEN  raised over $600,000 for the legal challenges of seven First Nations. Based on the flawed Joint Review Panel findings, the successful court cases led to the cancelling of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tankers project. 



Tsilhqot’in First Nation vs. Taseko New Prosperity Mine

To date, RAVEN has enjoyed significant success mounting a formidable fundraising campaign that enabled the Tsilhqot’in First Nations to achieve success twice in defence of Teztan Biny (Fish Lake), sacred homeland, against the repeated advances of the Taseko Mines Ltd. mining company. The funds paid for legal arguments, expert scientific reports and witness testimony at the federal environmental review panel hearings in Williams Lake, BC. The outcome of both hearings saw the independent panel issue scathing reports, which the federal government used as the basis of both rejections of the Prosperity and New Prosperity open pit gold-copper mine proposals.

Logistical Support

We used donated air miles to book hotel rooms for Tsilqot’in Elders travelling to attend the Supreme Court of Canada hearings and offset $3000 of their travel costs with the Beyond Air Miles Charitable Pooling Program. 



Beaver Lake Cree vs. the TarSands

RAVEN proudly assisted Beaver Lake Cree Nation with resources to fend off two concerted attempts by Canada and Alberta to have their legal action to stop the expansion of the tar sands industries thrown out of court.

As a result, the Beaver Lake Cree Nation’s claim against the Crown for breaching Treaty 6 is proceeding to trial. The historic, precedent-setting judgment issued in March 2012 was upheld by the Alberta Court of Appeal. In a judgment issued April 30, 2013, the Court dismissed Alberta and Canada’s appeal of Justice Browne’s decision, stating in its conclusion: “The appeals are therefore dismissed in their entirety. The parties will be well-served by returning to their case management judge for the imposition of a litigation plan to advance this litigation through trial.”


The People vs. Kinder Morgan

59 First Nations including almost every coastal nation directly impacted by tanker traffic, 21 BC municipalities including Vancouver, North Vancouver, Victoria, and Burnaby, and over 210,000 citizens have signed petitions opposing the pipeline and tanker project. 

RAVEN raised an initial $50,000 for the  Tsleil-Watuth, Squamish, and Coldwater First Nations to launch court challenges. Since then we’ve raised $450,000 together with online fundraisers and community activists from Seattle to Toronto! We know from experience in stopping the Enbridge pipeline that defending Indigenous rights in court is a strategic choke point for such projects. 



First Nations challenging the Site C Dam in court

We did it! Thanks to your support, we have met and exceeded our goal of $250,000 for Join the Circle – No Site C! RAVEN donors have raised a total of $306,000 for West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations’ legal challenges to the proposed BC Hydro Site C dam project.

Thanks to your donations and some heavy lifting by LeadNow,  the Justice for the Peace Caravan rode an uplifting wave of support all the way from the Peace, across the Prairies, and into the federal appeal courtroom in Montreal.  Hundreds of non-native and native supporters met the bus in Montreal, and also stood with Treaty 8 members and their legal team on the steps of Parliament in Ottawa.



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