RAVEN Trust (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs)

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Mission Statement

We are strategic.

Indigenous Peoples in Canada have some of the most powerful environmental rights in the world: but only if they can afford to uphold them in court. That’s where RAVEN comes in. We provide access to justice to Indigenous Nations who are using the courts to push back against ill-advised industrial projects.
THE ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES THAT FACE MANY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN CANADA ARE REALLY CHALLENGES FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD. FUNDAMENTALLY, WE BELIEVE THESE ARE ISSUES OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE. GUIDED BY SOME OF THE MOST BRILLIANT LEGAL ADVISORS IN THE COUNTRY, WE WORK TO ENSHRINE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FOR ALL.

We are committed.

We stick with Nations through thick and thin so they can weather the challenge of lengthy court challenges. Though Nations tend to be outspent 100:1 by industry and government, our incredible community is helping Indigenous Peoples win case after case.

We're lean and nimble.

Like our namesake, the mythical northwest coast trickster bird Raven, we take on challenges that very few are willing to tackle. By doing so, we are reshaping the legal landscape and transforming the future. Join us.

The law is clearly on the side of Indigenous Peoples: their victories protect us all. 



Description

RAVEN is the only non-profit charitable organization in Canada that uses the power of the crowd to fund access to justice for Indigenous Peoples. We are unique, and we are having a direct impact  through our strategic + focussed campaigns. 
Defeating the odds and winning time and again in court, we’ve proven that the game-changing legal challenges that RAVEN funds can secure Indigenous rights and protect the environment.
Our diverse team are passionate, dedicated and committed to social change. This is a lean, efficient and hard-working organization that will stretch itself to achieve our goals: realizing a vision of a country that embraces the values of the First Nations.


Program Details

What We Support

Standing up to open pit mining: We support Lake Babine Nation and the Tsilhqot’in Nation as they push back on mines that would destroy sacred areas and vital water systems.
Stopping pipelines and tankers. We have provided support for 15 Nations on campaigns that range from Pull Together  to The TarSands Trial – the campaign to defend treaty rights in the face of tar sands expansion.
Educating settlers and allies through transformative dialogue. Through our Courageous Conversations and "Home on Native Land" series, we foster intercultural understanding and skills for solidarity.
Protecting wild and sacred places: We defended 3 Yukon Nations in the Supreme Court of Canada: and won! This action upholds the protection of the Peel Watershed.
Supporting Indigenous sovereignty: We are standing with Heiltsuk Nation in their title case to establish Aboriginal title to the seabed and foreshore on reserve lands following the Nathan E. Stewart spill.
Enshrining rights for future generations: We are working with Secwepemc Nation as they pursue Aboriginal title on their traditional lands.
Primary Issue
Climate Change
Secondary Issue
Land
Address
509-620 View Street
Victoria, BC V8W1J6
Canada
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