Shoulders of Giants

#365 Indigenous: Pam Palmater

By Andrea Palframan / June 21, 2021 /

Dr. Pamela D. Palmater is a Mi’kmaw citizen and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick.  A practicing lawyer for decades, Palmater also holds the Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University. A formidable scholar, she has her Masters and Doctorate in law from Dalhousie University Law School, where she…

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#365Indigenous: Jody Wilson Raybould – Puglaas

By Andrea Palframan / June 20, 2021 /

Kwakwaka’wakw lawyer and MP Jody Wilson Raybould is a trailblazing Indigenous leader. Celebrating Puglaas, today and every day. #365indigenous

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#365indigenous: Marion Buller

By Andrea Palframan / June 20, 2021 /

Marion Buller is a Cree woman and member of Mistawasis First Nation in Saskatchewan.  Buller was the first female Indigenous judge appointed to the British Columbia provincial court, where she served 22 years.  She established the First Nations Courts of British Columbia in 2006, a criminal sentencing court which uses restorative justice and traditional ways…

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#365indigenous: Murray Sinclair

By Andrea Palframan / June 20, 2021 /

Murray Sinclair’s Ojibway name Mizanay Gheezhik:  “The One Who Speaks of Pictures in the Sky.” He grew up  on the former St. Peter’s Indian Reserve in the Selkirk area north of Winnipeg, Manitoba.  After being called to the bar in Manitoba in 1980, Sinclair worked to advance Aboriginal rights as a professor at the University…

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#365 Indigenous: Terri-Lynn(Lalaxaaygans) Williams-Davidson

By Andrea Palframan / June 20, 2021 /

Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson (Gid7ahl-Gudsllaay Lalaxaaygans) is a Haida musician, author, activist, artist, and lawyer who has dedicated herself to the continuation of Haida language and culture. Born and raised in Haida Gwaii, Williams-Davidson was given the name “Lalaxaaygans” – meaning  “Beautiful Sound” – by her maternal great-grandmother Susan Williams, who was a song custodian.  Through her…

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#365 Indigenous: Delia Opekokew

By Andrea Palframan / June 19, 2021 /

Cree lawyer and writer Delia Opekokew is from Canoe Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada. A residential school survivor, she blazed a trail as the first First Nations lawyer to ever be admitted to the bar association in Ontario and in Saskatchewan. Fresh out of law school she was a partner at Zlotkin & Opekokew,…

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#365 Indigenous: Ardith (Walpetko We’dalx) Walkem

By Andrea Palframan / June 18, 2021 /

Ardith Walkem is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation and grew up in Spence’s Bridge, Salmon Arm and Chilliwack.  A formidable force for justice, Walkem is the trailblazing first Indigenous woman to be appointed as a judge to the BC Supreme Court. Called to the bar in 1996, Walkem practiced with Cedar and Sage Law,…

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#365 Indigenous: John Borrows

By Andrea Palframan / June 16, 2021 /

Dr. John Borrows is Anishinaabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.​​​  Borrows credits his mother with teaching him about Indigenous laws while he grew up near Cape Croker, on Georgian Bay in Ontario.  Borrows’ uncle was a former chief, a great-grandfather was a long-serving councillor, and his…

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#365 Indigenous: Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

By Andrea Palframan / June 12, 2021 /

Ms. Turpel-Lafond, or Aki-kwe, is recognized internationally for her pioneering work on Indigenous justice. #365indigenous.

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Thomas Berger : A Giant in Advancing Indigenous Rights

By RAVEN / April 29, 2021 /

Thomas Berger’s legendary career involved mentorship and support for generations of people who now stand strong in defence of Indigenous rights and environmental protection. We are incredibly grateful for his legacy.

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