Of mixed Anishinaabe and European descent, Graeme Reed is on a professional and personal journey of self-identification and reconciliation. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Guelph under the supervision of Professor Brunet, studying how indigenous community-based monitoring programs, including Indigenous Guardian Programs, are supporting, or preventing, Indigenous Peoples self-determination and governance.
He holds a B.ES from the University of Waterloo and a M.Sc. from McGill University. As an Anishinaabe-European scholar, a past CGS-M recipient, and an emerging academic, he is committed to advancing First Nations’ rights and jurisdiction in climate and environmental governance through both policy angles and academic excellence.
Professionally, he is actively engaged in ensuring federal and international climate policy safeguards First Nations rights, jurisdiction, and knowledge. As Senior Advisor with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), he has had the opportunity to present to the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment (CCME), participate in the First Minister’s Meeting negotiating the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, and represent the AFN at the COP 23 and COP 24 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.