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

By RAVEN / October 10, 2013 /

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

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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On the Tyranny and Tragedy of Government Ownership in Canada

By RAVEN / July 31, 2013 /

A guest post by Josef Kuhn, Naturalist-Ecologist-Elder (Thanks to Josef for submitting this blog, in the context of the current federal environmental review panel hearings into the fate of Teztan Biny/Fish Lake and the New Prosperity gold-copper mine proposal.) One of the principle areas of disrespect, distortion and dishonesty that I encountered when working as…

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DeSmogCanada: The Beaver Lake Cree Judgment: The Most Important Tar Sands Case You’ve Never Heard Of

By RAVEN / May 27, 2013 /

Please share with your networks!  DeSmogCanada’s Carol Linnit wrote a fantastic piece on the recent win in appeal court, and what it all means.The Beaver Lake Cree Judgment: The Most Important Tar Sands Case You’ve Never Heard OfSure they’re bad for the environment [1], for human health [2], and for wildlife [3], but we rarely stop to…

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

By RAVEN / May 8, 2013 /

Oslo 08.05.2013Open 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…

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Big Win for Beaver Lake Cree Nation!

By RAVEN / May 1, 2013 /

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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