RAVEN raises legal defence funds to assist First Nations who enforce their rights and title and protect their traditional territories. Through our educational programs, RAVEN transforms public awareness to eliminate environmental racism and create a collaborative new economy.
About RAVEN (RESPECTING ABORIGINAL VALUES AND ENVIRONMENTAL NEEDS)
RAVEN is a non-profit charitable organization that provides financial resources to assist First Nations within Canada in lawfully forcing industrial development to be reconciled with their traditional ways of life, and in a manner that addresses global warming or other ecological sustainability challenges.
We are based in Victoria, BC, and have board members from across the country representing our cause. RAVEN is the ONLY organization in Canada doing this work. We are unique in the Canadian landscape, and we have a direct impact on the litigation processes of these important cases. Passionate, dedicated and committed to social change describes the attitude of our board members, staff and volunteers. This is a lean, efficient and hard-working organization that will stretch itself to achieve the goals it set towards realizing their vision for a country that embraces the caretaker values of First Nations and their equitable access to the justice system within a thriving natural habitat.
RAVEN currently supports:
- Four BC nations in their legal efforts to protect land and water from Kinder Morgan pipeline - pull-together.ca
- Beaver Lake Cree Nation in ongoing legal effort to protect traditional lands from expansion of tar sands - tarsandstrial.ca
What People Are Saying
"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. "
— Jess Housty, Elected Councilor, Heiltsuk First Nation, Read More
"RAVEN occupies a unique niche in the NGO community in Canada... 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... They’re doing some major heroic work on a shoestring. "
— Jody Williams, NOBEL Women's Initiative, Read More