Hope in Uncertain Times: We are Launching #Solidarityfromhome

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Dear PAOV,

People power has quashed pipelines, protected hundreds of thousands of hectares of land, and raised millions of dollars for Indigenous-led legal challenges. We’ve built our amazing RAVEN community by reaching out — through community town halls, marches, pancake breakfasts and concerts. Now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize that community care means staying home to keep each other safe. While the idea of social distancing goes against the grain of our movement, in the interests of protecting the vulnerable, it’s time to take our fight online.

In that spirit, we are excited to introduce #solidarityfromhome to keep us all united, energized and unwavering in our resolve for Indigenous rights and environmental justice. #Solidarityfromhome will be a hub for home-based solidarity actions, community, conversation, news and other ways you can stay involved.

While communities shelter-in-place to avoid the pandemic, Coastal GasLink pipeline construction continues over opposition from Wet’suwet’en. The Beaver Lake Cree are working furiously both to keep their community health systems afloat and to raise the funds they need to push back against Canada and Alberta in their epic Tar Sands Trial. Heiltsuk Nation urgently needs funds to support their case against Kirby Corporation, and Secwepmec Nation continues to move forward with tenacity in their title case. Right now, Indigenous Peoples fighting Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers in court are preparing appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada.

First Nations should not have to choose between responding to COVID-19 in their communities and addressing a healthy environment on all our behalf.

Join a community of people determined to elevate and energize the movement for Indigenous rights and environmental justice. We will be filling your feeds with podcast episodes, webinars, live chats and guest interviews, educational information, news and updates and ways to take action and stay involved. Our #solidarityfromhome series aims to keep people informed and activated during the quarantine. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to join the #solidarityfromhome movement.

Check out our latest for #solidarityfromhome:

What actions are you taking? Share with us your #solidarityfromhome, tag @RAVEN_Trust and encourage your friends to join us as we strategize and mobilize from home during these challenging times. Help us grow this community and amplify actions for Indigenous rights, share our #solidarityfromhome with your friends, on social media.

We are going to get through this together.

In health and solidarity,

Maia, Andrea and the RAVEN Team

P.S. At RAVEN we are doing everything we can to stay open while honouring the global health crisis in which we all find ourselves. Staff safety is our #1 priority. We’ve implemented a work from home policy and we have a limit of 2 people in our carefully cleaned office at a time. Our mission continues, and the issues that drive RAVEN remain pressing and urgent. We are grateful for this community that perseveres through challenging times for a more just future.

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