Crystal Fraser, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept

Pronouns: she, her, hers


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept



Crystal Gail Fraser is Gwichyà Gwich'in and originally from Inuvik and Dachan Choo Gę̀hnjik in the Northwest Territories. Her PhD research focused on the history of student experiences at Indian Residential Schools in the Inuvik Region between 1959 and 1996. Crystal's work makes a strong contribution to how scholars engage with Indigenous research methodologies and theoretical concepts, our understanding of Indigenous histories during the second half of the twentieth century, and how northern Canada was unique in relation to the rest of the settler nation. Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the 2020 John Bullen Prize by the Canadian Historical Association for her thesis, titled T’aih k’ìighe’ tth’aih zhit dìidìch’ùh or By Strength We Are Still Here. The prize honours the outstanding PhD thesis on a historical topic submitted in a Canadian university. Crystal is committed to service contributions through her work with many boards and organizations, including the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the Gwich'in Council International, and ACUNS (Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies). With her partner and young daughter, Crystal has lived on Treaty 6/Homeland of the Métis Nation since 2004.


History of Indian Residential Schools in Canada; the North; Gender and Sexuality; Healthcare; Sport and Recreation; Indigenous Methodologies; Oral Histories.