Dr. Crystal Gail Fraser has become the first Gwichyà Gwich’in to earn a doctorate degree in history. She successfully defended her thesis on Sept. 20, 2019 at the University Of Alberta. Dr. Fraser’s dissertation is titled T’aih k’ìighe’ tth’aih zhit dìidìch’ùh (By Strength, We Are Still Here): Indigenous Northerners Confronting Hierarchies of Power at Day and Residential Schools in Nanhkak Thak (the Inuvik Region, Northwest Territories), 1959 to 1982.

Dr. Fraser is originally from Inuvik and Dachan Choo Gę̀hnjik, NWT. She is the granddaughter of Marka Andre and Richard Bullock. She currently lives on Treaty 6, homeland of the Métis Nation, and is learning Dinjii Zhuh Ginjik with her daughter, as part of the #speakgwichintome campaign. Hotıì ts’eeda has been pleased to work with Dr. Fraser over the past few years.