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

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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.


Thank you, thank you thank you to everyone for your incredible efforts to stop the #SiteC dam. For all of your who have…

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.

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“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.

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