Andrea Palframan

Settlers get 35% bump in property values. Indigenous Peoples? Not so much.

By Andrea Palframan / January 7, 2022 /

There is this crazy myth that Indigenous Peoples in Canada get free housing. In fact, it’s non-Indigenous home-owners that are getting a plush ride.
This week, the value of homes across the province jumped between 15 and 35%. The bump in housing values for settler homeowners creates a huge pool of unearned wealth. But: here’s the thing. Indigenous people living on reserves may never “own” the land their homes are built on, leaving them out of this property bonanza and further disadvantaged by lack of access to capital.

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The shi(f)t is hitting the fan: a RAVEN year in review

By Andrea Palframan / December 20, 2021 /

We love hearing about what has kept you going—and what you’re thinking about headed into next year. Take part in our year end community reflection survey.

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VIDEO: Lessons from the red-tailed hawk with John Borrows

By Andrea Palframan / December 17, 2021 /

We had the honour of hearing from Dr. John Borrows (member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation): Indigenous lawyer, scholar, prolific author and teacher. We also heard from RAVEN’s Executive Director Susan Smitten, who carries the founding vision of RAVEN forward every single day with her warm, spirited and ambitious leadership. In the…

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An invitation from Bringing the Salmon Home

By Andrea Palframan / December 14, 2021 /

Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative offers a new model for collaborative Indigenous-led fish and habitat management. This work is led by the Syilx Okanagan, Secwépemc and Ktunaxa Nations.

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Podcast: Canadaland takes on Neskantaga & the Ring of Fire

By Andrea Palframan / December 14, 2021 /

This Canadaland podcast episode is worth a listen all the way through: hear host Ryan McMahon and guest Pam Palmater chew the fat over the erasure of Indigenous rights in the Ontario Conservative party’s rush to develop the

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Freda Huson: A Stronghold for her People

By Andrea Palframan / December 8, 2021 /

Freda Huson was awarded the “Right Livelihood” award — known as the alternative Nobel — “For her fearless dedication to reclaiming her people’s culture and defending their land against disastrous pipeline projects.” Freda Huson is a chief (Dzeke ze’) from the Wet’suwet’en people in Canada who has been a leading advocate for Indigenous communities reconnecting with their…

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Unearthing sorrows, planting hope

By Andrea Palframan / December 6, 2021 /

There are few humans that embody the term “poetic justice” like Dr. John Borrows. An Anishinaabe scholar, legal expert, and mentor to a new generation of Indigenous lawyers, Dr. Borrows is rightly celebrated as a visionary whose braiding of legal traditions tethers the wisdom of his ancestors to the challenges, and opportunities, of the present…

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Who are the Neskantaga?

By Andrea Palframan / December 1, 2021 /

A people united, determined, and committed to protecting their lands and water Many of you will remember the hunger strike by Chief Theresa Spence, who camped out on Parliament Hill for 6 weeks to draw attention to the drinking water crisis in Ontario’s north. That was 2013.  Here we are, in 2021, and despite speeches,…

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A searing open letter: Anishinaabe leaders call out Ontario over Ring of Fire violations

By Andrea Palframan / December 1, 2021 /

Three First Nation chiefs from the James Bay region are collectively taking Premier Doug Ford to task for his ‘hop-on-the-bulldozer, myself’ enthusiasm to see industrial development in the Ring of Fire.

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Honouring Lee Maracle (1950-2021): A Bibliography

By Andrea Palframan / November 12, 2021 /

Lee Maracle, a giant of Indigenous scholarship, poet and writer, mentor, activist, and Stó:lō matriarch, is dead at 71.  Writing in the Globe and Mail, Marsha Lederman says that “legendary Indigenous storyteller Lee Maracle was a powerful writer – poet, novelist, essayist. She was also a fierce activist with an indomitable presence. If you spent…

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