First Nations

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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Tsilhqot’in Event in Victoria February 18th & Great News: Tsilhqot’in received right to be “Respondent” in Taseko Mines Judicial Review of “New” Prosperity Mine

By RAVEN / February 6, 2014 /

Hello RAVENers!To provide you an update on the Tsilhqot’in file we would like to share a victorious message from the Tsilhqot’in National Government:“We’re happy to report one more small victory in the ongoing struggle of the Tsilhqot’in people against the proposed New Prosperity Mine: on February 4, the Federal Court ordered Taseko Mines Limited to…

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Great Ways to Give on #GivingTuesday!Great Ways to Give on #GivingTuesday!

By RAVEN / December 3, 2013 /

Today is the second annual #GivingTuesday, a day for philanthropic giving after Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  And RAVEN is participating by offering one of our fabulous T-shirts, sporting the logo that was created for us by renowned T’sou-Ke artist Mark Gauti.   Everyone who donates today will be entered in a draw for a tee!    And all funds raised…

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WOW! You did it!!! Thank you everyone…

By RAVEN / November 26, 2013 /

This is amazing!  In two weeks, the goal of raising $25,000 wasn’t just reached, it was smashed!!  Thank you to the 643+ donors who signed on to help the Beaver Lake Cree Nation. Thank you to Crystal and to the team that helped get this campaign up and running!   If you missed it, the…

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New Prosperity Mine EA Report Worse than 2010 Version that led to a “Scathing” Rejection

By RAVEN / November 1, 2013 /

It’s out – the CEAA Panel report on Taseko’s New Prosperity Mine.  Here are sample headlines: Canada panel says revised Taseko mine plan may harm environment – ReutersNew Prosperity mine would have ‘adverse environmental effects,’ panel finds – CBCFirst Nations declare victory against Taseko’s BC mine – CBCThe CEAA Executive Summary   And here is a Quick Selection of Panel Report Key FindingsHere’s…

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A RIVER PILGRIMAGE TO THE TAR SANDS – Part Four

By RAVEN / October 24, 2013 /

This is the final instalment in a four-part series by RAVEN supporter Terry Dance-Bennink, following her travels to the heart of the Alberta tar sands.  We would like to thank Terry for this informative contribution!Part Four:   Lessons learnedAfter a disheartening visit to Alberta’s tar sands, Terry Dance-Bennink reflects on what can be done to support…

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A RIVER PILGRIMAGE TO THE TAR SANDS – Part Three

By RAVEN / October 23, 2013 /

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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