Andrea Palframan

PODCAST: Indigenous Power with Judith Sayers

By Andrea Palframan / February 23, 2021 /

Our guest on this episode is pioneering human rights lawyer and trailblazer on the path to Indigenous sovereignty, Dr. Judith Sayers.  We spoke with Judith in late summer of 2020, just as her community was reeling from the violent murder of Chantal Moore at the hands of police.  Hear from participants in the Indigenous Justice…

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7 Reasons Why Site C Dam is a Terrible Idea

By Andrea Palframan / February 23, 2021 /

Despite outcry from Indigenous, environmental, and economic critics, the Site C project staggers on.  In addition to serious geological issues that have bloated project costs and may make the dam impossible to build safely (or at all),,  Site C faces vigorous opposition by Indigenous Peoples. West Moberly First Nation, a signatory to Treaty 8, refuses…

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An Order of Canada for the illustrious Dr. Borrows

By Andrea Palframan / February 4, 2021 /

RAVEN is thrilled to congratulate Dr. John Borrows, a member of our Legal Advisory Panel and groundbreaking scholar of Indigenous Law. Dr. Borrows received the Order of Canada for his work in drawing out and revitalizing Indigenous legal orders. An Anishinaabe lawyer, researcher, and writer, Borrows is as eloquent in person as he is on…

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“Full Fledged Tricksters”: Val Napoleon & the Indigenous Law Research Unit

By Andrea Palframan / February 2, 2021 /

On this episode, we took a walk with the  director of the world’s first Joint Degree Program in Indigenous and Common Law, Val Napoleon, and her colleague Rebecca Johnson. Meet Julianna Alexander, a Secwepmec elder and research partner with the Indigenous Law Research Unit, and student researcher and JID student Carolyn Belleau. Hear from this dynamic…

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Beaver Lake Cree Nation is headed to the Supreme Court!

By Andrea Palframan / January 22, 2021 /

Beaver Lake Cree Nation is headed to the Supreme Court! Yesterday,  the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal the decision of the Alberta Court of Appeal overturning Beaver Lake Cree Nation’s advanced cost award.   Since 2008, the  Beaver Lake Cree have been pursuing the Tar Sands Trial. This novel and complex Treaty infringement…

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Intervention: strategic impact on a shoestring

By Andrea Palframan / January 21, 2021 /

RAVEN is poised to launch an innovative new “Intervener Fund” to support Nations that wish to intervene in legal challenges that directly affect their communities and governance.

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From harm to harmony: Ecocide as an instrument of international law

By Andrea Palframan / January 20, 2021 /

“Criminalizing harm to nature echoes the universal, fundamental law of reciprocity: if you damage Mother Earth, there are consequences,” says Jojo Mehta of Stop Ecocide. “That is an increasingly obvious fact.” Protecting the future of life on Earth means stopping the mass damage and destruction of ecosystems taking place globally.  This serious harm to nature…

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Making history with Tsilhqot’in’s Russ Myers Ross

By Andrea Palframan / January 16, 2021 /

Chief Russ Myers Ross saw his Nation through one of the most historic periods of the past century. Elected chief at just 30 years old, Ross witnessed the Supreme Court’s recognition of Tsilhqot’in Title, helmed the largest Indigenous-led solar project in the province, successfully defeated Taseko Mines in court, and was present for the exoneration…

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Watch your Head? – Environmental justice anthology supports RAVEN

By Andrea Palframan / January 8, 2021 /

A warning, a movement, a collection borne of protest. The “Watch Your Head” anthology features poems, stories, essays, and artwork that sound the alarm on the present and future consequences of the climate emergency. Ice caps are melting, wildfires are raging, and species extinction is accelerating. Dire predictions about the climate emergency from scientists, Indigenous…

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Found in translation: new perspectives on RAVEN’s mission

By Andrea Palframan / January 7, 2021 /

Indigenous languages are like mirrors held up to illuminate the lands and waters from which they come. Alive with the sounds of ancestors, these languages are deeply rooted in, and emergent from, particular ecosystems: influenced by rivers and birdsong, the words are the threads that weave people to place.

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