Andrea Palframan

Winners announced: essays by young scholars explore Indigenous law, environmental planning

By Andrea Palframan / July 23, 2020 /

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2020 Harmony Environmental Essay Prize for Young Scholars. Please meet our winners and read their carefully researched papers: First Place –  Da Chen “Sharing of the Dish: The Dish with One Spoon and Environmental Planning in Toronto” Through key informant interviews, this paper explores the work…

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A volcano brewing beneath Canada

By Andrea Palframan / July 16, 2020 /

Was it only two years ago that Canada promised to develop legislation to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? Just three years since Prime Minister Trudeau declared that no relationship was more important to this country than the one with Indigenous Peoples? And has it really been five years since people…

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Orca soundings and the seeds of regeneration

By Andrea Palframan / July 16, 2020 /

This piece comes from a talk given at the opening of “Against the Current”, an art exhibit featuring work by Salish Sea artists in celebration of orca culture.  Learn more about the Orca Soundings project at https://orcasoundings.org. Moby Dick is a book that presents one of the most pure villains in literature: Ahab, the captain…

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Wet’suwet’en decry Coastal Gas Link permit violations

By Andrea Palframan / July 14, 2020 /

As their beleaguered fracked gas pipeline slowly snakes its way across northern British Columbia, Coastal Gas Link has been caught in another act of environmental destruction. This time, CGL was caught building unpermitted roads and workcamps, and clearing protected wetlands. The violations are in clear contravention of  BC’s environmental regulations as well as  the company’s…

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BREAKING (Video): Indigenous Nations react to Supreme Court decision on TMX

By Andrea Palframan / July 2, 2020 /

Squamish, Tsleil Waututh and Coldwater First Nations have worked for eight long years to assert their rights to be consulted on the Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers expansion project. On July 2nd, 2020, The Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band were denied leave to appeal by the Supreme Court of Canada. These three…

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VIDEO: Chiefs Lulua and Ross unpack the Tsilhqot’in legal strategy and vision for Nation on webinar

By Andrea Palframan / June 19, 2020 /

“Tsilhqot’in” means “blue water people”. On June 18, 2020, we were fortunate to get to hear from the stewards of the Chilco River, who caretake the strongest salmon run in the world. We heard from Chiefs Jimmy Lulua and Chief Russ Myers Ross, whose long struggle to gain authority over their territory achieved the first…

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New Prosperity mine is dead. Why are the Tŝilhqot’in still in court?

By Andrea Palframan / June 17, 2020 /

By Ana Simeon / Photo by Nathan Einbinder On May 14, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered a final coup de grâce to the moribund “New Prosperity” mine project in Tŝilhqot’in territory. The twice-rejected mine proposal had been maintained on life support for years by a series of legal and political manoeuvres Taseko Mines pursued with…

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How to beat a giant: Join Tsilhqot’in chiefs for a webinar

By Andrea Palframan / June 17, 2020 /

You may have heard about the recent legal win that resulted in the final and irreversible rejection of the New Prosperity Mine in Tsilhqot’in territory. Moments — and victories — like this are hard won and uncommon, so we want to mark the moment with a celebration.  On Thursday, June 18, join Tsilhqot’in leaders for a…

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Courageous Conversations

By Andrea Palframan / June 1, 2020 /

Courageous Conversations are about fostering “Lateral Kindness” by offering people teaching and learning tools that are inclusive, accessible and compelling. With case after case being won by Indigenous Nations in the courts, a new generation of scholars, legal experts and grassroots leaders are leading a quiet revolution in Canadian history. If law is something that…

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Cette collectivité sait tenir sa promesse

By Andrea Palframan / June 1, 2020 /

Au cours du dernier mois, nous vous avons communiqué les immenses défis qu’affrontaient les cris de Beaver Lake en Alberta. Nous avons raconté comment la petite collectivité autochtone avait été forcée à prouver sa pauvreté devant la cour – de ses propres deniers – alors que les parties adverses, le Canada et l’Alberta, disposaient des…

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