Lauren Crazybull asks what parallels we can see between broken treaties and gentrification in Edmonton.
Lauren is a Blackfoot and Dene artist and youth worker at iHuman Youth Society. She’s concerned about the changes she sees to downtown Edmonton at her work and on her daily commute. As downtown becomes more upscale, she worries about its current residents being displaced, and parallels to the way the Papaschase First Nation lost their reserve.
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Our journey starts on a hill at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery with Papaschase First Nation’s Chief Calvin Bruneau.
We asked Chief Bruneau to tell us the story of how the Papaschase First Nation was forced to surrender its land in this area in the late 1800s. The Papaschase Band’s reserve covered a wide square of modern-day Edmonton on the south side of the North Saskatchewan River.
To help Lauren answer what drives modern-day gentrification, we talked to Sandy Pon. Sandy is running as a City Council candidate for Ward 9. She was part of the Chinatown Economic Development Task Force that helped develop The Chinatown Strategy: Energizing a Prosperous Future.
- Revanchism in the Canadian West: Gentrification and Resettlement in a Prairie City (Kara Granzow and Amber Dean)
- Musqueam’s YVR pact could be native partnership template (Business Vancouver)
- Musqueam reserve residents win court challenge over proposed 800% rent increase (CBC British Columbia)
- City of Toronto Housing Stability Service Planning Framework (See Figure 3, City-funded Housing and Homelessness Supports and Services, on Page 14)
- City of Kingston 10 – Year Municipal Housing & Homelessness Plan (See Figure 6: Geography of Frontenac County, on Page 106)
Even Further Reading
- The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the revanchist city (Neil Smith) (reading suggested by listener Rylan Kafara)
- “This Is Our Land!”: Indigenous Rhetoric and Resistance on the Northern Plains (Daniel Johnson) (reading suggested by listener Rylan Kafara)
- @eveewing‘s Twitter thread on “what it would look like to have quality services in a neighborhood *without displacing people.*” (reading suggested by listener Kuri)