legal defence

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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New Crowd Funding Campaign – Challenge to CNRL Kirby Tar Sands Expansion

By RAVEN / June 11, 2014 /

A new crowd funding campaign is being launched today – because of a sudden and alarming change in practice by the Alberta Government and the Alberta Energy Regulator.  It affects everyone.  And we can all help support the first two nations to take a legal stand to prevent it from continuing.  Below is the media…

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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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‘Tis the Season (almost!)…

By RAVEN / November 19, 2013 /

…the pitch for year-end giving!  If you haven’t made your annual charitable contribution, here’s some helpful information… Money makes the world go ’round. Unfortunately, in this day and age as we watch greed devastate our environment, this statement is all too true. But if we shift perspective a little and put that statement into the…

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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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