Graeme Reed | Indigenous Climate Futures: Alternative Visions for Nature-Based Solutions
Indigenous Climate Futures: Alternative Visions for Nature-Based Solutions
CIKL Research Associate
Traction for nature-based solutions (NbS) has rapidly grown as governments and businesses recognize their role in addressing the simultaneous climate and biodiversity crises. Despite this rapid growth, the exploration of the intersection of NbS and Indigenous Peoples has been much slower, as questions remain about the ability of NbS to be implemented while respecting Indigenous rights, governance, and knowledge systems. This presentation, oriented around the question What are Indigenous visions for nature-based solutions? offers the first academic review of NbS from the perspective of Indigenous Peoples. Divided into three parts, drawing on policy analysis and conversational interviews with Indigenous leaders, youth, women, technicians, and knowledge keepers from what is currently known as Canada, this works endeavours to open space for the advancement of Indigenous climate solutions for a just, equitable, and resilient future.
Graeme Reed is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), where he advocates for the inclusion of First Nations in the federal, provincial, and territorial climate change and energy policy dialogue. He also recently completed his doctorate from the University of Guelph (2022) studying the intersection of Indigenous governance, environmental governance, and the climate crisis. His thesis, entitled Indigenous climate futures: Developing alternative visions for nature-based climate solutions, explores how Indigenous solutions can generate self-determined futures in the face of catastrophic change. In addition to research, he is keenly involved in the mobilization of knowledge, including as Coordinating Lead Author of the Indigenous Resilience Report in the National Climate Assessment and as Co-Chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He is Anishinaabe from the Great Lakes (Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory) with mixed ancestry from England, Scotland, and Germany.
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