Resources

Secwepemc Nation: Reclaiming Land, Sustaining Culture

By Maia Wikler / November 20, 2020 /

RAVEN envisions a day when Secwepemc Nation’s title to the land is reflected in land use practices that incorporate the caretaker values that have kept this land and waters healthy since time immemorial. RAVEN is excited to be working with Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation to secure Aboriginal title to unceded traditional territory in interior B.C.…

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In solidarity with Mi’kmaw: the Marshall Decision, explained

By Andrea Palframan / October 15, 2020 /

What is the Marshall Decision? Do Treaties guarantee commercial fishing rights for the Mi’kmaq and other  Indigenous Peoples of the Atlantic Coast? That question is at the heart of the Supreme Court of Canada decision in the Marshall case. In Marshall the Supreme Court was grappling with the interpretation of historic Peace and Friendship Treaties…

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From Calder to Tsilhqot’in: The Past, Present and Future of Aboriginal Title

By Andrea Palframan / October 9, 2020 /

In Tsilhqot’in Nation v British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a declaration of Aboriginal title for the first time in its history. To better understand the evolution of Aboriginal title, from Calder to Tsilhqot’inand beyond, McGill Law Journal interviews David Rosenberg, whose extensive experience includes acting as lead counsel for the Tsilhqot’in Nation at trial and on…

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Some of Our Favourite Indigenous Authors

By Maia Wikler / August 19, 2020 /

It is no secret that knowledge is power, and we can wield storytelling as a tool for justice. Equipped with both, we can find ourselves nurtured, inspired and informed as we continue planting seeds for a more just world. These Indigenous authors and their powerful books have come highly recommended by the incredible community of RAVEN…

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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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Why You Should Know the Sparrow Case

By Maia Wikler / June 11, 2020 /

May 31st marked the 25th anniversary of the Sparrow Case: the day an Indigenous fisherman took on the Queen — and won. The 1990 Supreme Court decision has important prevalence throughout past and ongoing Indigenous rights legal challenges. The case created the “Sparrow Test” which has been used to interpret the “existing Aboriginal and Treaty rights… hereby…

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VIDEO: Webinar 2 Creativity, Tenacity and Community: The Key Ingredients Behind Legal Challenges for Climate Justice

By Maia Wikler / April 15, 2020 /

During the second episode of the “We are Un-Frackable” webinar series, we delved deep into conversation that not only unpacked the legal strategy behind cases that will challenge the status quo on climate action, but we also learned about the hearts and hopes behind these legal pursuits for justice.  We were joined by Richard Overstall,…

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A Candid Look at the “Rule of Law”

By Maia Wikler / April 4, 2020 /

For whom does the Rule of Law apply and for what? If we look back critically on the application of the “rule of law” it has been used to justify human rights violations and other deplorable acts. Unfortunately, this isn’t relegated to the past. Recently, we have seen the same sentiments applied to the ongoing…

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Important Distinctions: Hereditary Chiefs & Band Councils

By Maia Wikler / April 4, 2020 /

If you have been following media coverage and political pundits on the Wet’suwet’en resistance to the Coastal GasLink pipeline construction, you have probably heard the popular divide and conquer framing of hereditary leaders vs. elected band council members given their opposing views on the pipeline project. What the media has failed to unpack are critical…

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Man Camps Perpetuate Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

By Maia Wikler / April 4, 2020 /

Violence against the land begets violence against women. Research, testimonies and community members have made this crucial connection. Notably, Amnesty International reported: “Oil and gas extraction, coal mining, and hydroelectric development help fuel the provincial economy and create high paying jobs that attract workers from across the country. In actively promoting intensive development in the…

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