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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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Su-á-pu-luck– A man on the threshold of change

By RAVEN / February 22, 2021 /

This is a guest post by Rachel Ivey,  graduate in Environmental Science McGill University. You can see the rest of the articles in this series about Indigenous justice champions here. The image is of what’s known as the Joe Capilano Blanket, which Su-á-pu-luck wore on his trip to England to lobby King Edward VII. In…

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Elderberry Farmers in Solidarity with Secwepemc

By Maia Wikler / February 20, 2021 /

For RAVEN’s “In Conversation” series via Instagram, we spoke with Louise Lecouffe from Elderberry Grove about her inspiring efforts to fundraise for RAVEN’s campaign supporting Secwepmenc Nation.  For the last 12,000 years, the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation has managed the land and resources of their unceded territory in interior B.C. Their traditional knowledge and stewardship…

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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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Filipinx community fundraises for Heiltsuk Nation!

By Karissa Chandrakate / January 28, 2021 /

We would like to give a special thanks to Pinay Collection for raising $400 for Heiltsuk Nation! On January 30th, Pinay Collection hosted Usap Tayo pod – a space where community gathers to learn skills, share stories, reflect on their experiences as Pina/xys and (re/un)learn about Black and Indigenous solidarity building. They engaged virtually on…

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Art as Activism with Fanny Aishaa

By Maia Wikler / January 27, 2021 /

The power of art can move us to bring about change. Art can be an essential tool in mobilizing communities to act for justice by spurring the capacity to imagine a better world. Fanny Aishaa is a renowned visual artist and muralist whose work has coloured streets from Montreal to community spaces in Brazil and…

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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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