Reshaping the landscape, rewriting the future

While governments come and go, a legal precedent set in the Supreme Court of Canada is forever. Join RAVEN in fighting for systemic change. Our movement is pushing back against environmental destruction, and creating better laws.

Defend the Treaties

Beaver Lake Cree Nation filed a constitutional challenge over the impacts of multiple tar sands mines and other industrial development in Beaver Lake Cree territory. They are the first community to ever challenge – and be granted a trial on – the cumulative environmental, social, and cultural impacts of industrial development. A win would force an ecosystems approach to environmental regulation in Canada's oil patch, slowing tar sands expansion and defending treaty rights for Indigenous Nations.

How the RAVEN Community supported this victory

 This is an ongoing case. However, substantial gains have been achieved in the pre-trial phase.

RAVEN proudly assisted Beaver Lake Cree Nation with resources to fend off two attempts by Canada and Alberta to have the case dismissed. 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. For updates on the progress of the Defend the Treaties case - formerly the Tar Sands Trial - please check out the campaign page:

Defending Wild Salmon

Wild salmon are the backbone of British Columbia. Thanks to sustained efforts led by Indigenous Nations along the Skeena River, the proposed LNG facility on Lelu Island will not be built! After years of growing opposition and legal challenges, Malaysian fossil fuel giant Petronas cancelled its proposal. We congratulate the Gitxsan, Gitanyow and Gitwilgyoots on their leadership and hard work to protect their land and culture, the survival of the salmon, and the integrity of the Skeena watershed.

How the RAVEN Community supported this victory

In 2017 Four Indigenous groups along the Skeena and the Nass Rivers challenged the proposed Petronas LNG facility in court. Their case was strong — in part thanks to support from RAVEN donors that helped them mount the best possible legal defence as they take on giants of industry and government. RAVEN was proud to stand with the Tsimshian tribe of Gitwilgyoots, the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs, the Gitxan House of Luutkudziiwus, and the Gitxan House of Gwininitxw to stop Petronas’ LNG pipeline and export terminal in the pristine salmon habitats that have sustained Indigenous families for millennia.

Protecting the Peel Watershed

In a unanimous 2017 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the plan to protect the majority of the Peel Watershed in northern Yukon. It is a massive victory for Nacho Nyak Dun, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, and Vuntut Gwitchin First Nations and cause for environmental celebration on a global scale. Now, the pure rivers running through a land of rugged mountains, boreal forests and tundra — one of the largest unspoiled natural areas left in North America — will be preserved. This exquisite and pristine land will be stewarded by a coalition led by Indigenous Peoples.

How the RAVEN Community supported this victory

“In January 2017, RAVEN stepped in to support the last leg of a multi-year legal journey, which culminated with the Supreme Court of Canada decision on December 1, 2017.

“It’s not every day that we come across an organization such as yours that would assist First Nations with such a cause as ours. Mahsi cho for all your efforts and RAVEN for providing fundraising and support to the Peel Land Use Planning court session. It has been an honor to work with you on this initiative.” Chief Roberta Joseph, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in

Pull Together Against Enbridge

Canada approved the Northern Gateway pipeline & tankers project in 2014, against the wishes of the majority of citizens and communities in B.C. Over 100 First Nations declared a ban on tar sands pipelines and tankers in their territories, and critical legal challenges were launched to stop the project.

An alliance of Indigenous Nations was forged between the Heiltsuk, Kitasoo X'ai x'ais, Gitxaala, Gitga'at, Nadleh Whut’en, Nak’azdli and Haida 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.

How the RAVEN community supported this victory

Communities across B.C. responded by hosting film screenings, musical events, and raising money online to support their fight. Businesses joined forces by donating proceeds during the "Week to End Enbridge", while major donors provided matching funds to amplify grassroots action. Together with Sierra Club BC, RAVEN raised more than $600,000 for the legal challenges that ultimately quashed the pipeline approval and led to victory.

Pull Together: The People vs. TMX

While the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project ultimately went ahead (subject to further legal challenges), the Indigenous legal challenges led to the voiding of the first approval in 2018, significantly slowing down construction.

59 First Nations (including almost every coastal nation directly affected by tanker traffic, 21 B.C. municipalities including North Vancouver, Victoria, and Burnaby) and over 210,000 citizens signed petitions opposing the Trans Mountain (TMX) pipeline expansion project. In June 2019, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Indigenous Nations and quashed the pipeline approval. After a new set of consultations, the federal government again approved TMX in 2019 and this time the Court of Appeal upheld the approval. The Supreme Court declined to hear a further appeal, and the nations are now exploring other legal options to continue to fight TMX in court.

How the RAVEN Community supported this campaign

We built an incredible movement of community activists, organizational allies and business supporters from Seattle to Montreal. People came together in wonderfully creative ways, hosting everything from Pancakes Not Pipelines brunch parties to a "TMX is Such a Drag" Burlesque show. Online fundraisers and community event organizers raised $1.2 million for the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, and Coldwater Nations to support court challenges to push back against TMX.

Stopping open pit mining: Victory for Tsilhqot’in

Tsilhqot’in: Teztan Biny/Fish Lake protected from “New Prosperity” mine 

In May 2020, the Supreme Court ended a decade-long push by Taseko Mines Ltd. to build an open pit gold/copper mine. The Supreme Court victory crowns a long and exhausting legal battle the Tsilhqot'in fought at every level of the judiciary, fending off Taseko’s multiple appeals, injunction applications and other legal tactics in both federal and provincial courts. 

How the RAVEN community supported this victory

RAVEN has enjoyed significant success mounting a formidable fundraising campaign that supported the Tsilhqot’in First Nations in successfully defending Teztan Biny (Fish Lake), a sacred homeland, against the repeated advances of the Taseko Mines Ltd. mining company.  The arduous path to victory took a whole decade. After the federal government rejected the mine, the Tsilhqot’in fended off a series of legal challenges by Taseko in federal court, culminating with the final rejection of the mine by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2020. For the ongoing Tsilhqot’in legal challenge to Taseko’s provincial permits to conduct “exploratory” drilling in the Teztan Biny/Fish Lake area even in the absence of a permitted mine, please see

RAVEN has supported the Tsilhqot’in since the first Joint Review Panel hearing in 2010. Beyond the fundraising, RAVEN supporters made sure to show up at the courthouse in person to support the Tsilhqot’in during key hearings.

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RAVEN is Justice - Powered by you

We’re constantly blown away by the commitment, rigour, vitality and creativity of our supporters. When it comes to throwing a party, hosting a fundraising concert, or pulling together an online crowdfunding page, the RAVEN community has consistently knocked it out of the park with heart and impact.

When you step up to become a RAVEN organizer or online fundraiser, you are taking the soft idea of ‘reconciliation’ and chiselling it into something far more effective: redress.

Our remarkable Festival Afloat raised $85k for Indigenous justice.
Ted raised $7500 on his birthday by setting up an online crowdfunding page to support RAVEN.
#WeAreTheStronghold was a star-studded concert in Toronto that raised $22k for Wet'suwet'en.


Questions & reflections on the brink of light

Though most of us are in the deep freeze of winter, the hours of darkness are getting shorter and the light is growing, bit by bit, every day. The conditions of nature are conducive to going inwards, while the restrictions of Covid demand that we contain ourselves and even, when necessary, isolate. In this time…

Magnificent Peel Watershed protected for future generations

After 15 years of court challenges that went all the way to the Supreme Court, Indigenous Nations came together on August 22nd to sign the final agreement protecting 67,000 square km of land and water in the Yukon. RAVEN is so honoured to have been part of the court challenge that brought victory to Nations…

Defend the Treaties case boosted: Beaver Lake Cree awarded advance costs

(français ci dessous) This week, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench granted advance costs to Beaver Lake Cree Nation to allow it to proceed with its “Defend the Treaties” – formerly Tar Sands Trial – treaty case against Canada and Alberta. It’s a huge breakthrough for a case that’s been called ‘a gamechanger’ for Indigenous…

Water is life: a final chapter for Pull Together

Water is life. That’s the organizing principle that drew so many of us together to fight the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project. Whether you are from the prairies or the mountains, the coast or the interior, you care deeply about leaving a legacy for future generations. And, you put your energy, donations, advocacy and…

We won! A resounding victory against Kinder Morgan

Epic. Ecstatic. Elated. Some of the words today from Indigenous leadership as they took in the Federal Court of Appeal ruling on the now quashed Kinder Morgan pipeline.  To quote Squamish elected councilor Khelsilem – “Quash is an old, old, old Squamish word that means ‘told you so!’” We’re celebrating too – doing the happy dance! …

Celebrating Victories in 2021!

We have a lot to celebrate! This year RAVEN has surpassed our every goal, in every way. Raised 2.3 million in total for Indigenous justice and to sustain RAVEN’s work! We experienced so much generosity, such unrelentingly fierce determination by our partner Nations, and the crackling energy of several new campaigns – with 5000+  donors by…

Triple Victory for Tsilhqot’in Nation vs. Taseko!!

image ©Toronto Star. Incredible news that we want to share right away! In RAVEN’s 10-year history we’ve seen First Nations win so many victories but we’ve never had an avalanche like this — 3 wins in 2 days! It all started December 17, when the BC Court of Appeal dismissed Taseko’s application for leave to…

Tsilhqot’in Nation Secures Injunction Preventing Taseko From Commencing Drilling Program Until Appeal is Determined

In a decision released from the bench, the Court of Appeal granted an injunction to the Tsilhqot’in, effectively stopping exploratory drilling and road building by Taseko Mines. The court found that the likelihood of Taseko being able to meet its 2020 deadline was in “substantial doubt.” It accepted that there was a serious issue to…

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 – Gitxaala, Kitasoo/Xai’xais, Heiltsuk, Gitga’at, Haida, Nadleh Whut’en and Nak’azdli – have won the day against a…

A nailbiting morning. An astounding victory.

Another trip around the sun. Another amazing year for RAVEN. Writing these ‘retrospective’ emails summons so many powerful emotions. We’re driven by a sense of urgency at RAVEN: with legal challenges, there are no guarantees, and the successes, when they come, are impossible to predict or prepare for. This is why we are peppering you…