Crystal Gail Fraser is Gwichyà Gwich’in and an assistant professor of History and Native Studies. Crystal’s PhD research focused on the history of student experiences at Indian Residential Schools in the North between 1959 and 1996, and her dissertation was awarded the 2020 John Bullen Prize by the Canadian Historical Association.
Crystal’s work makes a strong contribution to how scholars engage with Indigenous research methodologies, our understanding of Indigenous histories during the second half of the twentieth century and how northern Canada was unique. With her partner and young daughter, Crystal has lived on Treaty 6 territory, the homeland of the Métis Nation, since 2004.
She co-authored 150 Acts of Reconciliation, published during the 150th anniversary of Canada. She presented at A Bold Vision, a conference bringing together prominent Canadian women to the place where the all white male group met 150 years ago for the Confederation of Canada.
Crystal is a Director on the Governing Circle of the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission.