“It’s not every-day that we come across an organization such as yours that would assist First Nations with such a cause as ours. Mahsi cho for all your efforts and Ravens Trust for providing fund raising and support to the Peel Land Use Planning court session. It has been an honor to work with you on this initiative.”
As a member of one of the Nations taking this issue to court…and as a passionate organizer with deep community roots, let me say this: Pull Together is making a difference. We know what we have to do; you are helping us to do it. We know how big this task is; you are giving us hope.
RAVEN occupies a unique niche in the NGO community in Canada by creating legal defense funds for First Nations who must continuously defend their lands and livelihood from the onslaught of rampant industrial development. This small group is incredibly successful given their lean resources and organizational structure.
Groups like RAVEN are essential in the framework of the NGO world. I look at what they have accomplished already – like keeping the Beaver Lake Cree’s legal action against both Canada and Alberta at play for more than four years in an effort to stop the expansion of the tar sands. They’re doing some major heroic work on a shoestring.
“We are seeing the work that RAVEN has been doing over the past years as some of the most effective work bringing together two of our most closely held values – human rights and environmental protection. We stand with you. We are grateful to have such a worthy organization to put our fundraising dollars toward.”
This small group is incredibly successful, given their lean resources and organizational structure. We want to see them expand because it seems clear that litigation is going to be one of the key ways that we protect our planet.
The Cooperative Bank supported the Beaver Lake Cree’s legal action to protect the ecological integrity of their traditional territories via RAVEN, because we view this legal action as perhaps the best chance we have to stop tar sands expansion. And we see RAVEN as the NGO best-placed to assist this First Nation because of its mandate to support First Nations by levelling the playing field when it comes to going head to head with government-assisted industrial expansion.
“We’re a small community, we’re doing what we can to stop this project. We don’t have the resources that big corporations do, or the government has, so every little bit helps. We’re just so grateful for people helping. Every dollar that’s raised will help our communities and help our people take this stand.
A win in this case would bring great sense of hope. I pray that when my granddaughter is a woman, she is able to actually enjoy the land and to see the richness and the beauty of the land. So: I hope and pray that we win this. My dream for her is to sustain our livelihood here in the nation and our traditional territories.
We must keep fighting to protect water, stop polluting and work together for a better future for all our children. Keep up the good work – you are showing true leadership at a time when we need it so much. Stay strong!