Nick Avis stands with his bike in front of Victoria waterfront

Riding the Distance: Nick Avis bikes across the country to raise funds for RAVEN

By | News, Online Fundraisers | August 2nd, 2023

In a world where environmental issues and climate change continue to dominate headlines, one cyclist has embarked on an epic journey across Canada, using his passion for cycling to raise funds for Indigenous access to justice. Nick Avis is taking a break from being a lawyer to pedal south from the Arctic coast to the…

Prince of Whales Makes Waves as Festival Afloat 2023’s Flagship Sponsor!

By | Heiltsuk, News | July 31st, 2023

While the performances of Festival Afloat 2023 are behind us, we are still basking in the excitement and celebration of it all. None of which would have been possible without our 2023 Flagship Sponsor, Prince of Whales!  Prince of Whales provide wildlife tours based out of Telegraph Cove, Vancouver and Victoria, but they are much…

We’re Hiring! RAVEN is looking for a Campaigns Director!

By | News | July 28th, 2023

Have experience working in high-leverage roles that help advance Indigenous rights and environmental protection? Want to use your legal understanding and progressive thinking to help create concrete, systemic change? Get excited by working in a close-knit, supportive, and innovative team that offers lots of flexibility and room for professional development? RAVEN raises legal defence funds…

Peach and Quiet perform on the Providence Tall Ship

Peach and Quiet: A last minute addition to Festival Afloat, and it was a beautiful thing

By | Festival Afloat, News | July 27th, 2023

On the sixth and final day of RAVEN’s Festival Afloat 2023, due to unforeseen circumstances, we found ourselves without a musician to perform on Pender Island. Luckily, our brilliant crew and new friends aboard the Providence were able to make some calls and quickly put together two acts, including local folk band Peach and Quiet.…

Neskantaga Territory

Hearing Neskantaga’s Unyielding Voice: a report from the court

By | Neskantaga, News | July 21st, 2023

Neskantaga Nation, located in the expansive peatlands of Northern Ontario, appeared in court last week. The remote First Nation, faced with multiple evacuations in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 and water quality issues from the 28 year long boil-water advisory, had no capacity to gather with their elders and knowledge-keepers to discuss an all…

Festival Afloat 2023 Spotlight: a conversation with Hip Hop artist, Higher Knowledge

By | Festival Afloat, News | July 14th, 2023

If you happened to catch us at Festival Afloat Vancouver on July 9, you’ll know that the show was opened by an incredible hip hop artist, HK aka Higher Knowledge! With a crowd of nearly 800 people paddling up or spreading blankets ashore we were all captivated by the stories, poetry, and teachings from HK.…

Breathing Lands benefit kicks off major new RAVEN campaign

By | Breathing Lands, News | June 22nd, 2023

On Monday, June 19 2023, Vancouver Unitarians kicked off the Breathing Lands campaign with a circle of voices, raised in praise (and protest) for our world.

The Hidden Truths of the Treaty No. 9 Agreement

By | Breathing Lands, News | June 15th, 2023

Throughout Canada’s history, the relationship between Indigenous Nations and settlers has been marred by a long-standing pattern of broken promises and exploitation — and the signing of Treaty No. 9 is no different. Signed in 1905 and 1929, Treaty No. 9 is an agreement between the Crown and Indigenous Nations in Northern Ontario that, according…

Festival Afloat 2023

By | | June 9th, 2023

FESTIVAL AFLOAT 2023 save my spot Desirée Dawson & Higher Knowledge July 09  | Vancouver, Iy̓ál̓mexw, ʔəy̓alməxʷ (Jericho Beach) Saltwater Hank & Dagger Harbour July 11  | Gabriola Island, Silva Bay Marina Logan Staats July 13  | Victoria, Vic Event Centre Renée Layla July 13  | Salt Spring Island, Shiya’hwt (Ganges Harbour) July 14 | Pender…

Festival Afloat is Back!

By | Events, Festival Afloat, Heiltsuk | June 9th, 2023

In its fourth year, Festival Afloat is back — so grab your paddle for Indigenous justice! GET TICKETS at If you aren’t in one of the spots where Festival Afloat touches down, you can still be part of things by supporting Heiltsuk Nation: we welcome your ideas for fundraisers in your own town (Neighbourhood…

Season 3 Episode 6

PODCAST: Voices of Wood Buffalo: Guest Episode with Louise Romain

By | News, Podcast | June 7th, 2023

This episode of RAVEN (De)Briefs is featuring a special guest episode by Lou Romain, recorded during the UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal this past winter.  This episode features the voices of Melody Lepine, Tori Cress, Daniel T’seleie and Paul Belanger, all recorded at a press conference organised by Environmental Defence Canada and Keepers of the…

Raise your voice with song leader Luke Wallace

By | Breathing Lands, Events, News | May 27th, 2023

Join RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) and Vancouver Unitarians Social Justice & Environment teams for a very special evening of songs and stories.  Luke Wallace headlines a show that will bring together storytellers, spoken word and a chorus of voices to sing songs of praise and protest for our world. This event is…

The last word in Gitxaała’s Big Mining Challenge

By | Gitxaala, News | May 27th, 2023

Despite having only 2 weeks to prepare, Lisa Fong’s legal team, together with Gavin Smith of West Coast Environmental Law, presented so many pages in their 89-page submission of their closing arguments, they exceeded the upload bandwidth of the Law Courts’ portal. With just one day to sum it all up, Gitxaała’s lawyers did a…

Circle of Voices: An Evening of Song & Stories with Luke Wallace

By | | May 25th, 2023

Tickets You are invited… About the Event Join RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) and Vancouver Unitarians Social Justice & Environment teams for a very special evening of songs and stories. When: Monday June 19th, 7 pm Where: Vancouver Unitarians, 949 West 49th St. Luke Wallace headlines a show that will bring together storytellers,…

A glimmer of hope as Heiltsuk Nation and others intervene in the Saugeen Ojibway Nation Appeal

By | Heiltsuk, News, Victories | May 24th, 2023

While RAVEN primarily supports Indigenous Nations with their own legal challenges, we also support access to justice by funding Interveners in Indigenous legal challenges across the Nation. For those of us who don’t speak legal jargon: Interveners are third-party voices who can bring unique perspectives to a case in which they may be impacted by…

The Vatican earns the slowest of claps for distancing itself from genocidal doctrine

By | News | May 24th, 2023

First published in Ricochet, March 31, 2023 This week, the Vatican released a statement that repudiates the Doctrine of Discovery, the decree that has been used to subjugate Indigenous Peoples for half a millennium. But how should Canada reconcile the Church’s statement with what we see unfolding right now — another RCMP raid on Wet’suwet’en territory and…

Webinar Recap: Tripping over DRIPA – The Indigenous mining justice case that could change everything in B.C.

By | Gitxaala, Nations | May 5th, 2023

Last week we had the opportunity to hear from West Coast Environmental Law’s Jessica Clogg, and Gitxaala Legal Advisor James Herbert on a webinar. Clogg shared her optimism, expressing that “This case is winnable, because it’s very hard to argue that a system that allows someone to pay $1.75 a hectare in the territory without…

Grassy Narrows bans all industrial logging in territory with historic declaration

By | Grassy Narrows | May 5th, 2023

Grassy Narrows First Nation declares its territory to be an Indigenous Sovereignty and Protected Area. The new “Grassy Narrows Land Declaration” bans all industrial logging in Grassy Narrows’ Territory and asserts that Grassy Narrows will make their own land use decisions.

RAVEN launches new legal fundraising campaign to protect the Breathing Lands

By | Breathing Lands, News | April 26th, 2023

Several First Nations from Treaty 9 territory, which covers about 2/3 of Ontario from Timmins north, are launching a historic case in Ontario court against the federal and provincial governments. The case is a head-on challenge to the Crown governments’ purported unilateral jurisdiction and decision-making control throughout Treaty 9 Territory. The case says that the…

An Earth Day homecoming story

By | Gitxaala | April 23rd, 2023

We are so happy for Gitxaała standing up against colonial forces to preserve their land and culture for future generations.

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