Aboriginal

RAVEN’s Annual Core Funding Appeal – Goal: $70,000

By Susan Smitten / November 19, 2014 /

We have accomplished so much in five short years!  We have expanded – taking on more campaigns, like the current Pull Together initiative, that fit within our niche mandate to provide legal defence funds for First Nations aimed at protecting the environment for the benefit of all Canadians.  We continue to support Beaver Lake Cree…

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Announcing: Pull-Together.ca – Supporting First Nations legal challenges to Enbridge Northern Gateway

By RAVEN / July 24, 2014 /

BC First Nations are in court, based on their constitutionally-protected rights, fighting to stop Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline and tankers project.But fighting government is expensive. That’s why RAVEN Trust and Sierra Club BC and BC communities are building a legal defence fund – to provide First Nations the resources they need to win.You can help…

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Celebrating with the Tsilhqot’in!! A great way to spend a weekend!

By RAVEN / July 6, 2014 /

“If we lose, we’re not a culture, not a people…Losing is not an option for us.”  Chief Roger William uttered these prophetic words back in 2002, during filming of the documentary Wild Horses, Unconquered People about the Xeni Gwet’in’s now legendary legal challenge for title to Tsilhqot’in land.   This past weekend I was privileged to be invited…

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Victoria’s Healing Walk – thanks to the RAVEN supporters!!

By RAVEN / June 30, 2014 /

Victoria’s healing walk raised $1579.35 for RAVEN and close to 300 people participated. We were thrilled at people’s response.  Included in this amount is $130.00 which RAVEN supporter/volunteer Terry Dance-Bennink raised at an open forum on Enbridge in Sooke on June 19th. Several RAVEN representatives attended including current directors Jessica Van der Veen and Kathryn Harwood,…

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A RIVER PILGRIMAGE TO THE TAR SANDS – Part Two

By RAVEN / October 22, 2013 /

Part Two:   Black gold fever In part two of her river pilgrimage to the tar sands, Terry Dance-Bennink writes about the highway to hell, black gold fever in Fort McMurray, and the toxic tailings lakes. The highway to hell Highway 63 is weird – like nothing I’ve ever seen. We drove north for several hours…

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A RIVER PILGRIMAGE TO THE TAR SANDS

By RAVEN / October 21, 2013 /

RAVEN is pleased to introduce a four-part blog series from supporter Terry Dance-Bennink following her recent trip to the Alberta tar sands.  We will post the remaining three entries over the course of this week. by Terry Dance-Bennink, M.Ed. Victoria, B.C. October 16, 2013 A RIVER PILGRIMAGE TO THE TAR SANDS Part One:   First encounters…

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Back Moving Forward

By RAVEN / September 12, 2013 /

Pulling off the emotional encumbrances of this past summer and getting back in the game! In June my father died.  It was relatively sudden and completely shocking.  It took me out of this intensive world of fundraising and awareness building for causes like Beaver Lake Cree Nation for quite some time.  Even when I tried…

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Backgrounder: Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia and Canada

By RAVEN / September 11, 2013 /

If you have been trying to sort out the difference between the Prosperity mine and the ongoing William vs BC rights and title case, here’s a primer on the latter. ¬¬¬On November 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada is scheduled to hear the historic appeal of the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s Aboriginal title case.This litigation started over two…

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TEN REASONS WHY THE NEW PROSPERITY PROPOSAL MUST BE REJECTED

By RAVEN / July 22, 2013 /

As the federal review panel conducts its public hearings for Taseko Mines Ltd.’s revised application to transform the pristine wilderness of the Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) area into a massive, low-grade, open pit mine, here are ten major reasons why this project should be firmly rejected yet again – this time once and for all.1.…

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Canadian artists ante up on World Environment Day – add their voices in support of Beaver Lake Cree Nation

By RAVEN / June 5, 2013 /

ARTISTS IN TORONTO LAUNCH SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT FOR BEAVER LAKE CREE ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAYJune 5, 2013: Some of Canada’s most renowned musicians, film makers, and cultural workers are joining forces to contribute to an international movement supporting the Beaver Lake Cree in their legal battle to stop the expansion of the tar sands.“To violate our…

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