Lead self-government negotiator for Akwesasne
Due to scheduling conflicts, Peter Garrow’s session has been substituted with a session featuring Corey O’Soup, Advocate for Children and Youth with the Government of Saskatchewan.
Peter Garrow continues to be a strong advocate for the rights of First Nations People, their concept of life-long learning and a promoter of their contributions to society and the world. Peter is a member of the Mohawks of Akwesasne, Bear Clan, and was the former Director of Education for the Assembly of First Nations for six years.
Prior to this position, Peter was the Director of Education for the Ahkwesahsne Mohawk Board of Education for eight years and is presently the lead self-government negotiator for Akwesasne in their negotiations with Canada. He also chairs the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association Native Trustee Council and teaches a course on Native Studies for adult learners at Iohahi:io campus of St. Lawrence College.
Peter continues to champion causes such as “Shannen’s Dream”, “Jordan’s Principle,” the promotion and implementation of the “United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People” and the research being undertaken by the UN on the UN infamous “Doctrine of Discovery.”
Peter was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012 and was also the recipient of the Rotary International Paul Harris Award in 2013. Peter is a member of Akwesasne Lacrosse Hall of Fame and is married to his wife Harriet (Turtle Clan) for 46 years. They have three sons: Nathaniel, Christian and Garrison (Turtle Clan).