Andrea Palframan

Tous ensemble contre TMX

By Andrea Palframan / September 22, 2020 /

Bien que le projet d’agrandissement du réseau de Trans Mountain ait finalement abouti (sous réserve d’autres contestations juridiques), les contestations judiciaires menées par les autochtones ont conduit à l’annulation de la première approbation en 2018, ce qui a considérablement ralenti la construction. 59 Premières Nations (comprenant presque toutes les Nations côtières directement touchées par la…

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Defending Wild Salmon

By Andrea Palframan / September 18, 2020 /

Wild salmon are the backbone of British Columbia. Thanks to sustained efforts led by Indigenous Nations along the Skeena River, the proposed LNG facility on Lelu Island will not be built! After years of growing opposition and legal challenges, Malaysian fossil fuel giant Petronas cancelled its proposal. We congratulate the Gitxsan, Gitanyow and Gitwilgyoots on…

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Protecting the Peel Watershed

By Andrea Palframan / September 18, 2020 /

In a unanimous 2017 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the plan to protect the majority of the Peel Watershed in northern Yukon. It is a massive victory for Nacho Nyak Dun, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, and Vuntut Gwitchin First Nations and cause for environmental celebration on a global scale. Now, the pure rivers running through…

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Pull Together Against Enbridge

By Andrea Palframan / September 18, 2020 /

Canada approved the Northern Gateway pipeline & tankers project in 2014, against the wishes of the majority of citizens and communities in B.C. Over 100 First Nations declared a ban on tar sands pipelines and tankers in their territories, and critical legal challenges were launched to stop the project. An alliance of Indigenous Nations was forged…

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Pull Together: The People vs. TMX

By Andrea Palframan / September 18, 2020 /

While the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project ultimately went ahead (subject to further legal challenges), the Indigenous legal challenges led to the voiding of the first approval in 2018, significantly slowing down construction. 59 First Nations (including almost every coastal nation directly affected by tanker traffic, 21 B.C. municipalities including North Vancouver, Victoria, and Burnaby)…

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Stopping open pit mining: Victory for Tsilhqot’in

By Andrea Palframan / September 17, 2020 /

Tsilhqot’in: Teztan Biny/Fish Lake protected from “New Prosperity” mine  In May 2020, the Supreme Court ended a decade-long push by Taseko Mines Ltd. to build an open pit gold/copper mine. The Supreme Court victory crowns a long and exhausting legal battle the Tsilhqot’in fought at every level of the judiciary, fending off Taseko’s multiple appeals,…

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Hard-fought Constitutional protection could lose its meaning

By Andrea Palframan / September 15, 2020 /

On the west coast of North America, smoke from massive wildfires has choked out the sun. Amidst floods on the Gulf Coast and record breaking temperatures in the Arctic, the pressures of a changing climate are being felt across Turtle Island.  Today, a courageous Indigenous Nation is facing down that climate calamity with determined action.…

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A remarkable floating fundraiser for remarkable times

By Andrea Palframan / September 2, 2020 /

A group of islanders have found a unique way to host a covid-safe, socially distanced fundraiser. Thursday, September 3’s “Throw a Boat Down” event will be a paddle-powered, floating concert in support of RAVEN. The show will be livestreamed to audiences everywhere from a floating stage anchored just off the coast of Salt Spring Island.…

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What this pipeline needs is a good quashing

By Andrea Palframan / August 28, 2020 /

August 30 is the anniversary of the day, back in 2018, when the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the TMX pipeline. The decision set an important precedent. The court found the government failed to properly consult First Nations on the Trans Mountain project. It also found the government’s approval of the project violated its responsibility…

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Overturning racist policies: Podcast with RAVEN’s Ana Simeon

By Andrea Palframan / July 31, 2020 /

The murder of George Floyd has sparked a global movements to overturn racist policies and institutions.  Canada has its own history with racism embodied in the colonial agenda to dispossess First Nations of their inherent rights and title over the land.  In Episode 9 of the Awake in Relationship podcast, our  Fundraising Campaigns Director, Ana…

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