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RAVEN - Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs

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Learn more about the context of RAVEN’s groundbreaking work. 

RAVEN’s work is taking place in a time of great change and great opportunity. With ‘reconciliation’ being discussed in communities, in classrooms, in boardrooms and on the floor of Parliament, there is an upwelling of interest and passion for engagement with Indigenous rights in Canada. 

At the same time, we face continued challenges as a result of centuries of assimilationist policy and colonization. While participating in dialogue about reconciliation, Indigenous communities continue to live without equitable access to clean water, to health care, and to education.

Good intentions are not enough. RAVEN is committed to putting reconciliation into action by providing access to justice so that Indigenous Peoples’ rights are recognized and upheld. Our small but mighty organization has a laser focus: we raise legal defence funds for Indigenous Peoples to defend their treaty rights and the integrity of their traditional lands and cultures.

We stand shoulder to shoulder in support of the rights of Indigenous Peoples, so that we can achieve parity for the people on whose land we live.

 


The purpose of this guide is to provide information on the different Aboriginal rights as they are understood in Canadian common law, and the ways in which Indigenous people can assert these rights within the Canadian colonial court system.

 

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Learning Resources

 

“… many generations of children, including you and your parents, have been raised to think about things in a different way, in the wrong way, in a way that is negative when it comes to Aboriginal People. And we need to change that. It was the educational system that has contributed to this problem in this country. And it is the educational system, we believe, which is going to help us to get away from this…. We cannot look for quick and easy solutions because there are none. We need to be able to look at this from the perspective of where do we want to be in 3 or 4 or 5 or 7 generations from now, when we talk about the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal People in this country. And if we can agree on what that relationship needs to look like in the future then what we need to think about, is what can we do today that will contribute to that objective. Reconciliation will be about ensuring that everything we do today is aimed at that high standard of restoring that balance to that relationship.”

  — Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

 

A Candid Look at the “Rule of Law”

For whom does the Rule of Law apply and for what?   If we look back critically on the application of the “rule of law” it has been used to justify human rights violations and other deplorable acts. Unfortunately, this isn’t relegated to the... read more

Crucial Connections: COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has swept through communities around the world, leaving many grappling with uncertainty of economic stability, public health infrastructure and political upheaval. The rapidness in which the pandemic took hold and manifested is explosive and... read more

We are UnFrackable: Wet’suwet’en Webinar Series Launches

Join RAVEN and the Council of Canadians for a three-part webinar series focussed on national resistance to LNG – aka fracked gas. The narrative peddled by government and industry is that LNG is “ethical”, “environmental”, and “economic”. We’ll bring together fantastic... read more

RAVEN is justice, powered by the crowd

RAVEN is honoured to be working in partnership with Wet’suwet’en Nation to fundraise for legal challenges to push back against unwanted industrial activity in their territory. Read more about the cases here: #WetsuwetenStrong Allies Toolkit When crafting a... read more

#WetsuwetenStrong Allies Toolkit

Ready to get organized in support of Wet’suwet’en land protectors? We’ve put together this Toolkit for Action: please share widely! Calls to Action Wet’suwet’en leadership have asked the RAVEN community to stand with them as they pursue... read more

Unpacking Solidarity & Allyship

With reconciliation being discussed in communities, in classrooms, in boardrooms and on the floor of Parliament, there is an upwelling of interest and passion for engagement with Indigenous rights in Canada. Canadians are leaning in to understand the history of... read more

The Importance of Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is the right of Indigenous Peoples to say “yes” or “no” to all proposed developments that may affect the collective rights of their communities. Consent must be discussed free from threat to individuals or communities; must be... read more

Indigenous legal cases against Trans Mountain, explained

On Monday, December 16th, the Federal Court of Appeal will be conducting a judicial review of the Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers project approval. Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Coldwater First Nations are challenging the constitutionality of the 2019 approval of... read more
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