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Kelsey Reed

Faculty, Bachelor of Child and Youth Care

MEd (Alberta)

9-414A, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Kelsey Reed is a member of the Beardy's and Okemasis Cree Nation and an assistant professor in the Department of Child and Youth Care. Kelsey is a graduate of the Child and Youth Care program with MacEwan University, received a Masters degree in Educational Policy studies through the University of Alberta (2016) and is currently completing her doctorate in Philosophy with a specialization in Indigenous Peoples Education.

Social activism, urban Indigenous identity

Teaching and Research Interests

Kelsey's research interests include urban Aboriginal identity and child welfare policies.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Berikova, A., & Reed, K. (2019). Pass the mic: Identity and agency in child and youth care environments. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 32(2), 66-75.

Berikoff, A. & Reed, K. (2018, May). Decolonizing pedagogy in a Canadian university context. Presented at the 14th Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Berikoff, A. & Reed, K. (2018, May). Welcoming decolonization: Rocking the CYC boat. Presented at the 12th Triennial International Child and Youth Care Conference, Richmond, B.C.

Berikoff, A. & Reed, K. (2018, May). Decolonization: Loosening the grip on pedagogy and methodology in child and youth care. Presented at the Provincial Child and Youth Care conference, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta.

Reed, K. (2018, January). Rethinking our words: How shifting terminology expands solutions. Presented at the International Child and Youth Care Conference, Ventura, California, USA.

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • Indigenous Graduate Award (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Graduate Student Award (2015)
  • Shauna Seneca Award (2013)

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta
  • Certified Child and Youth Care Worker