Over $100,000 raised for legal action opposing Site C

RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values & Environmental Needs) has reached a milestone goal in their efforts to fund legal action for  Treaty 8 Nations on the opposing side of Site C – Over $100,000 has been raised.


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Posted by RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values & Environmental Needs) on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

RAVEN started this initiative 4 months ago – Executive Director Susan Smitten told Energetic City they started fundraising as the provincial hearing was heading into session, this past May.

“The fundraising has been for several legal actions,” said Smitten. “There was the provincial hearing, there was the federal hearing … there’s another hearing in November challenging BC Hydro’s permits. So the funds are for all those legal actions – all Site C related.”

The original goal was $250,000, but Smitten thinks the goal will have to be raised to $350,000 to cover everything, including the appeal of a federal ruling that was not in favour of Treaty 8.

Funds have been raised through all sorts of means – including car washes, community events, and crowdfunding in the ways that Run for the Cure or Movember operates, with a personal page.

These events have attracted the attention of big names like David Suzuki, who pledged to earn $5,000 for the cause after participating in Paddle for the Peace this summer.