RAVEN Teaming Up With Unist'ot'en for Court Battle

Hello amazing allies of Unist’ot’en,

RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) is honoured to be teaming up with Unist’ot’en to fundraise for the upcoming court case. We’re launching a campaign starting now that will run for the duration of the court hearing.

We aim to raise $50,000: a matching funds donor has already contributed, so the first $10k in donations will be DOUBLED. We also issue tax receipts for all contributions made in Canada AND the US.

We know from experience that getting double your money is seriously motivating for donors. So: we are asking you to help amplify Unist’ot’en’s appeal by :

• sharing the graphics, below on your social media networks
• sending out an email appeal to your list of supporters (text at bottom of this email)
• posting the fundraising link on your website and social media channels. https://fundraise.raventrust.com/unistoten

Sample Posts:

Stand with #Unistoten as they go to court to face down Coastal Gas Link. Donate now to the legal fund: All donations will be MATCHED for the first $10k raised: Give now and double your impact! https://fundraise.raventrust.com/unistoten

#Unistoten are in court this week, standing up reckless oil and gas development on their lands. Support the legal challenge: donate at https://fundraise.raventrust.com/unistoten and your donation will be DOUBLED by a generous matching funds donor.

Indigenous Rights are being trampled by the fracking industry, all for fossil fuel exports that threaten our very survival as a species. It’s time to stand together with #Unistoten and support their urgent legal action.

Please dig deep and donate: your contributions will be matched by a generous matching funds donor, DOUBLING your impact.

Create your own:

Link: https://fundraise.raventrust.com/unistoten
Hashtags: #unistoten #indigenousjustice
RAVEN’s campaign website: https://raventrust.com/cases/unistoten/



RAVEN's email text is pasted below. Feel free to use any of the language in there, which has been vetted by the Unist’ot’en lawyer.

Thank you for helping spread the work starting now!
Go well,

Ana Simeon
+ The RAVEN team

Email Copy:

Unist’ot’en is in court June 11-13 and urgently needs your support!

The Unist’ot’en House of the Wet’uwet’en Nation face a grave new threat. Coastal Gas Link has applied for an interlocutory – effectively a permanent - injunction allowing encroachment on Unist’ot’en traditional territory. If granted, the injunction would prevent Unist’ot’en members from carrying out traditional activities on their unceded territory. Coastal Gas Link would be permitted to drill, build roads, erect construction camps and import hundreds of migrant workers: all to build a fracked gas pipeline.

Unist’ot’en oppose both the injunction and the pipeline. They are asking for urgent assistance from allies to push back against industry occupation.

DONATE NOW: https://fundraise.raventrust.com/unistoten
All donations will be MATCHED for the first $10k raised: Give now and double your impact!

“Our people’s belief is that we are part of the land. The land is not separate from us. The land sustains us. And if we don’t take care of her, she won’t be able to sustain us, and we as a generation of people will die.” – Freda Huson, Unist’ot’en Hereditary Spokesperson

Since 2010, people have been so inspired by the Unist’ot’en’s peaceful resistance to pipelines through their territory, that hundreds of people have travelled to Wedzin Kwa/MoriceRiver to help build a culture camp featuring a traditional pithouse, permaculture gardens, and a Healing Centre that supports people in recovery.

It’s just not fair that a small Nation should have to shoulder the burden of fighting a costly court battle against a well-resourced corporation. While the Unist’ot’en work to reclaim land-based practices and revitalize traditional ways, Coastal Gas Link has used its own security forces and the RCMP to arrest Unist’ot’en members and interfere with inherent rights to hunt, gather, and conduct ceremony. Money that could be spent on community development has been siphoned away in an exhausting cycle of confrontation and legal wrangling.

If that wasn’t bad enough, consider this: the Unist’ot’en are being forced to go to court because industry and government are refusing to uphold Canadian — and Indigenous — law. The existence of Indigenous title was reaffirmed by Canada’s Supreme Court in the Delgamuukw case brought jointly by hereditary leadership of the Wetsuwet’en and the Gitxsan. The nation that won Delgamuukw is now having to go back to court to fend off another encroachment attempt by Coastal GasLink.

Let’s not stand by and watch as Indigenous Rights are trampled by the fracking industry, all for fossil fuel exports that threaten our very survival as a species. The Unist’ot’en and their supporters are standing strong in the face of reckless oil and gas development, while upholding stewardship practices and Indigenous laws which benefit every living being.

We are honoured to be called to stand together for this urgent legal action. Please dig deep and support Unist’ot’ten.
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