A RIVER PILGRIMAGE TO THE TAR SANDS – Part Three

Part Three:   Don’t drink the water Terry Dance-Bennink spends time with First Nations families suffering from the toxic air and water in Fort MacKay and interviews Dr. John O’Connor who says don’t drink the tap water!First Nations hospitalityThe dirt road into Fort McKay is a bumpy ride. It’s currently being expanded and paved and is…

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A RIVER PILGRIMAGE TO THE TAR SANDS – Part Two

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

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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We’ve Got The Power! (Shift, that is!)

Wow!  Everyone at RAVEN is recovering from an amazing, exciting, intense few days at PowerShift 2013 listening to powerful keynotes like David Suzuki, Maude Barlow, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Crystal Lameman.. to name a few (apologies to the many not listed!), attending panels, working at tables in every venue, and just generally soaking up the energy.We were intent on…

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Back Moving Forward

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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An Open Letter to Norway’s Prime Minister – “Instruct the Board of Statoil to withdraw from Canadian tar sands”

Open letter to:The Norwegian Government, attention of Prime Minister Jens StoltenbergThe government must instruct the Board of Statoil to withdraw the company from Canadian tar sandThe Norwegian oil company Statoil’s engagement in extraction of oil from tar sand in the traditional homeland of some of Canada’s First Nations has been controversial from the start in…

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Big Win for Beaver Lake Cree Nation!

A huge day of celebration for Beaver Lake Cree Nation! Alberta Court of Appeal tossed Canada and Alberta’s efforts to overturn the decision that lets them proceed to trial to stop the tar sands expansion. So no more delays by the Crown. This trial is moving ahead! BEAVER LAKE CREE NATION’S RIGHT TO TAR SANDS TRIAL…

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BEAVER LAKE CREE CELEBRATORY ROUND DANCE CEREMONY

  I was privileged this week-end to travel to Lac La Biche, Alberta, and Beaver Lake Cree Nation territory to participate, as president of RAVEN, in a celebratory round dance ceremony. I was accompanied by RAVEN executive director, Susan Smitten, and lawyer Leigh Anne Baker of Woodward and Company. Our task was to inform this courageous…

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Gathering Steam…. updates on BLCN and Fish Lake

Some important developments in both our key programs to share with you.  For both, we currently have a bit of time to raise the funds that will be needed.  It’s the pause that refreshes, so to speak.BEAVER LAKE CREE MOVE TOWARDS TRIAL DATEIn the category of “Patience is a virtue,” we bring you this update. …

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