As the Director of the Master’s in Development Practice: Indigenous Development at the University of Winnipeg, Claire Reid is committed to putting reconciliation into practice. Her role is to build a graduate program that explores how Indigenous knowledge enriches our understanding of sustainable development. Key to this is building strong relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and cultivating a supportive and empowering community with her students. Inclusiveness, respect for human rights and dismantling discrimination have been at the heart of the many projects and programs in which Claire has been involved both in Canada and globally.
Claire volunteered with Cuso International in Peru from 2006 to 2008 with the Peruvian human rights NGO APRODEH. At APRODEH, Claire worked on the recommendations made by Peru’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission focused on breaking down racism and exclusion. One of her key accomplishments was to help pass the country’s first anti-discrimination piece of municipal and regional legislation. Since that time, this anti-discrimination provision has spread throughout the country, now encompassing over 20 jurisdictions.
In addition, Claire has worked on investigations at the International Criminal Court and, back in Canada, fostered a national network of volunteers who host community-based citizenship ceremonies and roundtable discussions on the meaning of inclusive citizenship with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.