Renewal. Justice. Community: RAVEN's News from the Nest

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Dear PAOV,

What a week! Springing an hour forward, a full moon, the start of the herring run in the Salish Sea and Friday the 13th all wrapped into one magical seven-day package. We are closing in on the equinox, and the time of renewal for plants, trees, herbs: and humans, too! We’re seeding our intentions for the year to come, with full hearts and a belief in a bit of RAVEN magic to keep the ecosystems and communities we are a part of vibrant and strong.

And what a year so far!! RAVEN is supporting the legal actions - both a judicial review and a constitutional challenge aimed at keeping Canada to its climate commitments - of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. You would pretty much have to be off-grid or out of the country to have missed this story as the momentum built into demonstrations, rail blockades and arrests. While RAVEN is not part of the front-line activism that captured media headlines for weeks, the two challenges to Coastal Gas Link’s pipeline/LNG project are every bit as exciting. The Wet’suwet’en Application for a Judicial Review of the CGL project leverages the recent report of the Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, while the other legal action, an ambitious Constitutional and Charter challenge, highlights the equality rights of future generations in the face of the climate emergency. There’s more below so read on for an update on what will likely be growing for us this year.

Trans Mountain Update

By now you may have read that the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear the appeals by Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations of a September 2019 Federal Court of Appeal decision restricting the scope of the judicial review of Trans Mountain. While this is disappointing news, the Nations are not giving up. Tsleil-Waututh Nation has made it clear they will be appealing the February 2020 decision affirming the federal approval of the Trans Mountain project, and other Nations are also mulling over their legal options. For context on the Pull Together campaign and the larger Indigenous-led movements that are working for climate justice, check out the recordings and transcripts from our latest Webinar series.

RAVEN (De)Briefs - Our New Podcast!

We’re excited to invite you to listen to our newest avenue for getting the word out. The podcast is called RAVEN (De)Briefs and is now available on our website, and through iTunes and Spotify for download. The episodes are conversations between Indigenous thinkers, legal experts, organizers and community leaders exploring the shifting legal landscape upon which moments of crisis — and opportunity — are built. Season One explores the rise of Wet’suwet’en solidarity movements — and opposition — across the country and around the world, and gives important context to the struggle and to the legal challenges being backed by RAVEN’s unique crowdfunded justice model.

Episode 2 - Elders in the Making - debuted Tuesday, March 10th. Hear from Indigenous youth - scholars, activists, artists and journalists - who have been standing in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en. We would really love you to download, and if you have a moment, take time to subscribe on iTunes and rate the episode so that we can start this trending in the best possible direction!

Got Miles?

Are you an Aeroplan member? Then you can support our work by donating your Aeroplan Miles here! We travel by air as little as possible, prioritizing video meetings and teleconferencing but sometimes air travel is inevitable. Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Adam Gagnon is embarking on a coast-to-coast tour at the end of March and through April to share stories from Wet’suwet’en Yintah (territory) and speak to the true environmental, social and economic cost of LNG. This is a unique opportunity for the Wet’suwet’en to build solidarity with other Nations and Canadians at large.

This is where your Aeroplan Miles can be of enormous help! Please donate your miles to help Chief Gagnon get to Toronto, Halifax, Calgary and more. When you donate your miles, they are doubled through the Beyond Miles program - and available for use immediately.

Take Care of Yourself!

In this time of concern over transmission of COVID-19, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that we trust you will stay in good health. Should you be planning to attend one of the upcoming events, such as the Wet’suwet’en tour, please follow the protocols advised by Health Canada and CDC - if you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, stay home and seek medical attention. Otherwise, be sure to cover your mouth (elbow is best) for coughs and sneezes, wash your hands, and give people a bit more space.

"The way that the world can be a better place is to just look at how Indigenous People have lived, and are living, their lives: and we need to start living that way." — Serena Ryder, Episode 2 "RAVEN (De)Briefs" podcast

And with that, we embrace the seasonal shift. As we all adjust to the lost hour of sleep, we can enjoy the increased daylight - and maybe set an intention to use that extra hour of light in a way that feeds our soul. Listen to a new podcast. Walk in a forest and notice the burgeoning tree buds. Share time with someone you respect and would like to know better. Over here at RAVEN, we’ll be harnessing the light to help increase our impact by supporting legal actions that make a real difference in the lives of Indigenous Peoples and the environment.

In springtime solidarity,

Susan and the RAVEN team

Ps. Usually, court filings are pretty dry but we urge you to look at the one submitted by Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. Here’s our favourite part: “The plaintiffs experience global warming in two ways – as a threat and as a responsibility. It is a threat to their identity, to their culture, to their relationship with the land... it is a responsibility because large fossil-fuel infrastructure projects are proposed to cross their territories. Under the Wet’suwet’en legal order, a House group is responsible to other Wet’suwet’en, to other peoples and to the spirit in the land for all acts on its territories.” Join in a community of support to see this groundbreaking case through the courts.

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