Breaking News: Supreme Court affirms Indigenous self-governance in child welfare law, UNDRIP in groundbreaking decision

By | News | February 14th, 2024

What is the TLDR? The long struggle for equity for Indigenous children and families has reached a milestone. In upholding Bill C-92, Canada’s Supreme Court also  recognized that the federal government can pass laws which incorporate Indigenous laws, giving them the power of federal law. The Court agreed that, with this legislation, Canada did affirm…

Indigenous Resistance to Mining: Ontario First Nations Call for Year-Long Moratorium on Mining Claims 

By | Breathing Lands, Nations, News | February 12th, 2024

The Chiefs of Ontario have called for a year-long pause on all mining claims on their territories in the face of rampant mining speculation. Still: the province keeps issuing mining tenures without the consent of 133 First Nations.  The Ontario provincial government began using an online system for staking mineral claims in 2018, allowing individuals…

Growing Rooted Solidarity

By | | February 2nd, 2024

Growing Rooted Solidarity: Allyship and Land Back save my spot Leslie Anne St Armour Leslie Anne St. Amour (she/her) is a member of the Bonnechere Algonquin First Nation, located in Eastern Ontario and of mixed Algonquin and settler heritage. Leslie Anne completed her BA at McGill University in Political Science and a minor in Indigenous…

If the Glacier Melts, the World Will Catch Fire

By | | February 1st, 2024

If the Glacier Melts, the World Will Catch Fire save my spot You are invited! Join Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs for a webinar on Thursday, February 22nd at 6 pm Pacific, and learn about their groundbreaking Charter of Rights & Freedoms challenge taking on Canada’s climate inaction. Learn how the Nation plans to hold the government…

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Hot take: 6300% FALSE: Canada takes gaslighting to a whole new level

By | Defend the Treaties, Hot takes, News | January 31st, 2024

What is Gaslighting? It’s that workmate who, when called out on their racist behaviour, retorts, “You’re being too sensitive: this has NOTHING to do with race.” It’s that casual date who shows up half an hour late to dinner then, when you tell them you’re upset about it, says you’re being ‘clingy’.  Or, it’s that…

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Hot Take: We won?!? A chance to stop rampant LNG exports

By | News, Wet'suwet'en | January 25th, 2024

Boy do we ever need this.  In the climate justice movement, there is slow, incremental progress and — let’s face it — a dizzying array of losses to contend with.  But yesterday’s announcement that the U.S. is pausing LNG export permits is one to celebrate. It’s the result of intense organizing over YEARS by groups large and…

First Nation appeals court decision

By | Gitxaala, Nations, News | January 11th, 2024

Repost from CIM Magazine. Read full article here Leaders of the Gitxaała Nation applauded a British Columbia Supreme Court ruling that the province’s online claim staking system violates the Crown’s duty to consult Indigenous peoples. But the Nation is pursuing a partial appeal of the decision, arguing that the court should have prevented further staking…

A tributary of the Peace River flows through yellowing aspens in the fall near the location of the Site C Dam in British Columbia.

The Next Chapter in West Moberly’s Legal Odyssey: a Rights Protection Intervention

By | Intervenors, Wet'suwet'en | January 8th, 2024

West Moberly Nations continues its legal odyssey. On Nov. 7 and 8, 2023, West Moberly intervened in the matter of Attorney General (Ontario) v. Restoule et al. at the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC). Read more to learn about how West Moberly continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with other Nations to advance Indigenous rights through the courts

Food Sovereignty Event hosted by the Young Agrarians

Young Agrarians Event: Indigenous Food Sovereignty Panel — Land Back and Land Access

By | | January 4th, 2024

Young Agrarians Event: Indigenous Food Sovereignty Panel – Land Back and Land Access save my spot Leslie Anne St Armour Leslie Anne St. Amour (she/her) is a member of the Bonnechere Algonquin First Nation, located in Eastern Ontario and of mixed Algonquin and settler heritage. Leslie Anne completed her BA at McGill University in Political…

A year-end message from RAVEN’s Executive Director Danielle Wilson

By | News | December 28th, 2023

There are two possible futures for this country.  One future sees us double down on taxpayer subsidies for climate-destroying projects, for the benefit of oligarchs and hedge funds. The other future sees us apply Indigenous-led land-use plans to sustainably manage resources — with future generations in mind.  That future looks like clearcut logging and toxic tailings…

Resurgence: Stories of Indigenous resilience & creativity

By | News | December 27th, 2023

Indigenous creators are breaking down barriers and taking center stage to bring powerful messages through books, music and art.

RAVEN’s 2023 Reflections (Part 2)

By | News, Organizers | December 15th, 2023

As we flip through the final pages of 2023, we want to take a moment to reflect on a transformative year. 2023 has been a landmark year for RAVEN, with 16 Nations supported and powerful legal precedents achieved. Yet, the year has also been tough for so many, marked by the harsh realities of inflation,…

RAVEN’s 2023 reflections (part 1)

By | Nations, News, Online Fundraisers, Organizers | December 14th, 2023

It’s been an amazing year of stretching our wings. As we look back at a wild 2023, we’re  filled with gratitude as we reflect on the legal precedents we’ve set, new legal challenges launched, and bold alliances forged. This year, we’ve rallied on the court steps in support of Gitxaała Nation,  paddled up to a…

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Rights, Charter, Action! Wet’suwet’en to Canada: see you in court

By | Victories, Wet'suwet'en | December 14th, 2023

On December 13, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled on both La Rose v Canada and Misdzi Yikh v Canada, breathing life back into these vital climate change litigation cases. 

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Embrace the Spirit of Giving: Help RAVEN Stuff our “Stock”ings

By | News | December 7th, 2023

Considering donating stocks to RAVEN? Here’s a list of some of the basics you might need to know!

How to support RAVEN this Giving Tuesday

By | News, Online Fundraisers | November 27th, 2023

November 28 is Giving Tuesday! A day that offers us all a much needed detox from the rampant email campaigns, advertisements, and sales that characterize the lead up to Black Friday. Extractive capitalism pushes us every year to rush to spend, to race to the bottom, to buy the cheapest, newest products. And — each…

Green Friday spotlight: Meet these conscious businesses doing good work!

By | Businesses, News | November 23rd, 2023

Tomorrow is Green Friday and while your inbox and social feeds might be flooded with some of the best deals of the year, we want to shine a light on the eco-conscious businesses who organize in their workplaces to support Indigenous legal challenges and environmental justice — all year long.  Green Friday started as a…

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Buckle up to zoom in on “R v Montour”

By | News, Uncategorized | November 21st, 2023

What does NASCAR and tobacco have to do with s. 35 Aboriginal and Treaty rights? Turns out: a lot.  A landmark decision has outlined a new definition of Aboriginal rights that could usher in an era where Indigenous laws gain more influence in the country’s courts.  In 2016 Derek White and Hunter Montour were busted…

Explainer: Treaty No. 9

By | Breathing Lands, News, Resources | November 20th, 2023

Treaties were made to provide a framework for living together on the land Indigenous people have occupied and cared for since time immemorial. They are agreements that laid the foundations for ongoing cooperation and partnership between settler government and Indigenous people. Although these laws are still valid, some treaties in Canada continue to be violated,…

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Introducing Gilberto Algar-Faria: RAVEN’s new Development Manager

By | News, Profiles | November 15th, 2023

Gilberto Algar-Faria is RAVEN’s new Development Manager. Read more to learn about how Gilberto came to be at RAVEN.

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