legal defence

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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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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The Most Important Tar Sands Case You’ve Never Heard Of

By RAVEN / May 27, 2013 /

Written by Carol Linnitt for The Narwhal. See the original piece from 2013 here.  The Beaver Lake Cree Judgment: The Most Important Tar Sands Case You’ve Never Heard Of Sure they’re bad for the environment, for human health, and for wildlife, but we rarely stop to wonder if the Alberta tar sands are in fact…

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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 /

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!

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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BEAVER LAKE CREE CELEBRATORY ROUND DANCE CEREMONY

By RAVEN / April 16, 2013 /

  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

By RAVEN / April 9, 2013 /

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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You have until March 16th to have your say on the Taseko mine proposal.

By RAVEN / March 5, 2013 /

Taseko Mines would do well to remember the warnings of the Ides of March.  In resubmitting its environmental impact statement for its “New Prosperity” mine plan, following the scathing comments and dozens of revisions requested by various government departments, the company appears to assume all is well and that they will once again march forward…

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Can you spot what’s new on our website? We’re pretty excited about it!

By RAVEN / February 1, 2013 /

Hint:  It’s just over there to the right, underneath the big picture of former Chief Lameman, between 1% and Gifts That Give. RAVEN is now a participating charity in the incredible Aeroplan program that allows people to donate their miles so they can be used for things like flights, hotels, car rentals, even purchasing things. …

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The Tsilhqot’in Go to Ottawa

By RAVEN / January 25, 2013 /

What that means and why it is important to their rejection of the Prosperity mine proposalOn Thursday, January 24, Canada’s top court issued a decision granting the Tsilhqot’in First Nation permission to appeal a ruling that rejected its claim to aboriginal title over 440,000 hectares of land.  Here is a synopsis of why there was a collective…

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