On the Tyranny and Tragedy of Government Ownership in Canada

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

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”

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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Profile of a courageous campaigner – meet Crystal Lameman

RAVEN is so proud to be working with Crystal – her fierce dedication and determination are inspiring!Crystal Lameman is a 30 year old mother of two and she is from and resides on the Beaver Lake Cree Nation which is located 2.5 hours N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is a college and University graduate,…

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The Tsilhqot’in Go to Ottawa

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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