“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”
Defended on September 20, 2019: Passed with no revisions
Nominated for the Governor General’s Gold Medal Award
Awarded the John Bullen Prize, Canadian Historical Association
Fraser, Crystal. “Making Us into Nice White Kids”: Indigenous Strength & Resistance at Inuvik’s Indian Residential Schools Since 1959. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press. In progress, November.
2021 “‘Who’d wear an apron in an igloo!’: The Establishment of Girl Guides and How Indigenous Hostel Girls ‘Guided’ Each Other Back to Culture at Northern Hostels, 1959 to 1979.” In Indigenous Women’s History: An Edited Collection, edited by Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Susan Hill. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2020. To be submitted, October.
2021 Fraser, Crystal Gail and Allyson Stevenson. “Reflecting on the Foundations of Our Discipline Inspired by the TRC: A Duty to Respond During this Age of Reconciliation.” Canadian Historical Review. Published, September.
2015 Fraser, Crystal and Ian Mosby. “Setting Canadian History Right: A Response to Ken Coates’ ‘Second Thoughts about Residential Schools.’” Active HistoryPeer-Reviewed Articl
2021 Fraser, Crystal Gail and Anita Lafferty. “(Re)Centering the Intersections of Nationhood and Identity: Storied Land Experiences of Dene/Cree and Dinjii Zhuh Scholars.” in Recentring Lives and Lived Experience in Education, Ellyn Lyle, ed. Boston: Brill | Sense. Submitted, July.
2014 Fraser, Crystal. “Srugoonch’uu hah tro’oonjıı: Visions of Social Equality and Respect in Canada’s Future.” In A Bold Vision: Women Leaders Imagining Canada’s Future. Charlottetown, PEI: Women’s Network Inc.
2019 Rob McMahon, Michael McNally, Crystal Gail Fraser, Hanne Pearce, and Trish Fontaine. Etsii tthak t’agwahii getr’ootanahchàh (Learning About the Machine That Does It All): Digital Content and Connectivity with Dinjii Zhuh Contexts. Inuvik, NWT: Gwich’in Tribal Council.
2021 Fraser, Crystal Gail with NWT Hay River Health Authority. Extending Intimate Relationships: Hay River Midwives Work in Partnership with Indigenous Families in Denı́nu Kų́ę́. Yellowknife, NWT: Government of the Northwest Territories.
2020 Fraser, Crystal Gail with the Dene Nation. Dene Nation Education Summit Vision. Yellowknife, NWT: Dene Nation.
2020 Fraser, Crystal Gail. Gadgit tadandaii, They Know: Traditional & Indigenous Knowledge in the Northwest Territories. Yellowknife, NWT: Aurora College.
2018 Fraser, Crystal Gail. “We Are All Connected: Aurora College’s Strategic Plan to Indigenize.” Yellowknife, NWT: Aurora College.
2016 High School Curriculum Development (History of Residential Schools), Gwich’in Tribal Council, Inuvik, NWT.
2021 Fraser, Crystal, Tricia Logan, and Neil Orford. “A doctor’s century-old warning on residential schools can help find justice for Canada’s Crimes,” The Globe and Mail, July 17, 2021.
2021 Fraser, Crystal Gail et. al. “‘Return to Normal’ travel and research may bring hazards to norther, Indigenous communities,” The Conversation, July 8.
2020 “I am Dinjii Zhuh: Strength and Inspiration from our Roots,” Gwich’in Tribal Council Newsletter. Inuvik, NWT: Gwich’in Tribal Council.
2020 “Nhitdehvee gwįįzii, May it be good ahead of you: In the Days of COVID-19, Indigenous Northerners Redefine Community.” Canadian Dimension Magazine, July.
2019 Fraser, Crystal Gail and Julia Christensen. “Keeping Promises: A Call to NWT Voters on Educational Reform in the 19th NWT Legislative Assembly,” Northern Public Affairs, September 26.
2019 Fraser, Crystal Gail. “Ending Domestic and Family Violence in the North: The Next Step in Reconciliation.” Public Policy Forum, July 9.
2019 Fraser, Crystal Gail and Mark Buell. “Internet access key to protecting threatened Indigenous languages.” Toronto Star, June 25.
2019 Fraser, Crystal Gail. “Collaboration, Connectivity, and Self-Determination.” Internet Society, April 11.
2017 Fraser, Crystal, Sara Komarnisky, and Lianne Marie Theda Charlie. #150Acts Poster Series, “#150Acts: A Poster Series to Bring Us Into the Next 150,” Active History Blog Post, December 1.
2017 Fraser, Crystal and Sara Komarnisky. “150 Acts of Reconciliation for the Last 150 Days of Canada 150.” Active History, August 4.
2017 Fraser, Crystal and Sean Carleton. “Killing the Indian in the Child: John A. MacDonald’s Role in Residential Schooling,” Poster in the “Remember, Resist Redraw: A Radical History Poster Project” Series, Graphic History Collective.
2016 Carleton, Sean, Crystal Fraser, and John Milloy. “The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the Future of Residential School Research.” Canadian Historical Association Bulletin, 42.1.
2016 Fraser, Crystal and Zoe Todd. “Decolonial Sensibilities: Indigenous Research and Engaging with Archives in Contemporary Colonial Canada.” L’Internationale, Special Edition Decolonizing Archives (February 2016): 32-38.
2016 Fraser, Crystal. Editor for Indigenous History Week. “Politics and Personal Experiences: An Editor’s Introduction to Indigenous Research in Canada,” Active History, January 11-15.
2015 Fraser, Crystal. “Politics Is Women’s Work: Indigenous Women Should Be Leading the North.” Northern Public Affairs Blog Post, December 14.
2015 Carleton, Sean, Crystal Fraser, and John Milloy. “Assessing the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.” Active History Blog Post, November 26.
2015 Fraser, Crystal. Magazine Article. “Yi’eenoodài’ Yeendoo Gwizhit Gwitèe’ah (Long Ago Will Be in the Future): Interruptus, Residential Schools Research, and Gwich’in Continuities.” Northern Public Affairs, Vol. 1, Issue 4 (February): 20-22.
2015 Fraser, Crystal. Video Blog. #ReadtheReport, Truth and Reconciliation Executive Summary Accessibility Project.
2012 Fraser, Crystal and Mike Commito. “‘I’ve Never Heard of the Métis People’: The Politics of Naming, Racialization, and the Disregard for Aboriginal Canadians.” Active History Blog Post.
2011 Fraser, Crystal. Newspaper Op-Ed. “Pipeline Dispute the Latest Chapter in a Long Saga of Injustice: Battles over Land Rights and Resources at the Crux of Colonialism.” Edmonton Journal, May 16.
2021 with Jessica Dunkin. “This Year Book...has been entirely produced by staff and students”: The Role of Young People in Documenting Northern Residential School Histories,” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Congress. University of Alberta, June.
2021 Round Table Participant, “Frameworks for Writing and Teaching about late-20th Century Canada,” Between Postwar and Present Day: Canada, 1970 – 2000: Local, National, Global Conference. University of Toronto, May.
2020 Round Table Participant, “Precarious Historians, Diversity & Inclusion, and History Departments,” Canadian Historical Association Zoom Series, November.
2020 “Whatever it takes, just keep fighting”: Indigenous Narratives, Commemoration, & Indian Residential Schools in the Northwest Territories.” APT National Trust Joint Conference, October.
*2020 Round Table Participant, “The Canadian Historical Review’s Forum on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission,” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Congress. Western University, June.
*2020 “By Strength, We Are Still Here”: Considering Eve Tuck’s Call for a Moratorium on Damage-Based Research in the Context of Indian Residential Schooling Histories in Canada,” Annual Meeting of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Ktoronto, ON.
2020 “150 Acts of Reconciliation,” Think Indigenous Conference, River Cree Resort, Edmonton, AB.
2019 “150 Acts of Reconciliation for Breastfeeding Promotion, Policy, and Practice,” Baby Friendly Initiative National Symposium, Yellowknife, NWT.
2019 “‘Who’d wear an apron in an igloo!’: The Establishment of Girl Guides and How Indigenous Hostel Girls ‘Guided’ Each Other Back to Culture at Northern Hostels, 1959 to 1979,” International Girl Studies Association. University of Notre Dame, March.
2019 Eetsii tthak t’agwahii getr’ootanahchàh: Co-Developing Digital Literacy Learning and Resources with the Gwich’in Tribal Council, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Communication Association, Congress. University of British Columbia, June.
2018 Indigenous Languages & Culture Round Table, Indigenous Connectivity Summit, Internet Society, Inuvik, NWT, October.
2018 “Killing the Indian in the Child: John A. MacDonald’s Role in Residential Schooling.” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Congress. University of Regina, June.
2018 “Health Research in Indigenous Communities and Models of Reconciliation.” Hotìi ts’eeda Ełèts’ehdèe, Yellowknife, NWT, September.
2018 “My Elder is My Library: How to Make Libraries Less Hostile to Indigenous Students.” TRENDS Health Sciences Library Conference, University of Alberta, April.
2016 “‘Jousting for Authority’: Foucault’s Strategic Reversibility of Power Among Inuvik’s Residential School Children, 1950s to 1970s.” Association for Research in Cultures of Young People and the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, University of Calgary, June.
2015 “‘We went through hell together me and my friend; we cried together, we got shit together, and we fought together’: Student Life at Inuvik’s Grollier and Stringer Halls, 1958 to 1980.” Colonial Childhoods Symposium, Centre for the Research on Colonial Culture, University of Otago, August.
2015 “They Certainly Did Have a Lot of Strange Ideas”: Indigenous Bodies, Morality, the Reshaping of Sexualities, and Violence.” Annual Meeting of the North American Indigenous Studies Association, Washington, DC, June.
2015 “‘Making Them Into Nice White Kids’: Education and Indigenous Resistance in the Inuvik Region, 1950-1996.” Circumpolar Students’ Association, University of Alberta, April.
2014 “Indigenous Post-War History in Graphic Novel Form: Unofficial Histories Beyond the Academy,” with Dr. Chris Andersen. Unofficial Histories Conference, University of Huddersfield, June.
2014 “The Reshaping of Gender and Sexuality Though Girl Guides at Inuvik’s Grollier Hall, 1960s to 1970s.” The Sixteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women: Histories on the Edge, University of Toronto, May.
2012 “Portrait of a Grandmother: Twentieth-Century Continuities and Change in the Northwest Territories.” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Congress. University of Waterloo, June.
2011 “Colonial Imaginings: Non-Aboriginal Representations of Dene Women, 1789-1858.” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Congress. University of New Brunswick, June.
2010 “‘They Are a Decidedly Well-Looking People’: Non-Indigenous Racial Constructions of the Gwich’in Peoples in the Nineteenth Century.” Engaging and Articulating Race Conference, University of Victoria, April.
2010 “Non-Indigenous Representations of the Gwich’in People in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.” Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium, University of Victoria, March.
* Denotes planned/confirmed activities interrupted by the global pandemic SARS-CoV-2.
2021 with Sara Komarnisky. “150 Acts of Reconciliation During Ongoing Colonial Violence.” Congress 2021, University of Alberta, May.
2020 Snakes and Ladders Student Group, Intersections of Gender, University of Alberta, December.
2020 “Dinjii Zhuh Philosophies of Strength & Eve Tuck’s Moratorium on Damage-Centred Research,” Connecting with Indigenous-engaged Research and Scholarship in the Humanities, Situated Knowledges, Indigenous Peoples and Place, University of Alberta, June.
2019 K’àlemì Dene School Presentation, Ndilo, NWT, September.
2019 “By Strength, We Are Still Here: Indigenous Languages & Post-Secondary Education,” Indigenous Connectivity Summit, Hilo, Hawaii, November.
2019 “Geetàk Gwiizih Kwaa Nihts’at T’agidi’ìh,” Dene Nahjo Women’s Gathering, B. Dene Adventures Cultural Camp, NWT, March.
2018 #SpeakGwichinToMe Language Panel, BYTE (By Youth, For Youth) Annual Leaders in Training Conference, Inuvik, NWT.
2018 Community Panel, Making Meaning Symposium, University of Alberta Libraries.
2017 With Sara Komarnisky. #150Acts of Reconciliation Webinar/Presentations (The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada; Canadian Federation of University Women; Capital Region Housing [Edmonton]); All Saint Cathedral [Edmonton]).
2016 “Considering Counternarratives of Residential Schooling in the Northwest Territories.” On the Edge Speaker Series, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta with the Edmonton Public Library.
2016 “Approaches to Working With Northern Communities: Indigenous Perspectives.” UAlberta North Workshop Series, University of Alberta.
2016 Roundtable Participant, Association for Research in Cultures of Young People Roundtable, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, Congress. University of Calgary, AB.
2016 “Can Fish Drip With Colonialism? White Privilege, Academia, and Forging Ahead Together.” The Next 40: Modern Treaties and Citizenship, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON.
2015 “‘The tyrannical hierarchy of the white ‘caretakers’ was mirrored in the children’s group’: The Circulation of Power Among Indigenous Children at Inuvik’s Residential Institutions, 1950s to 1970s.” Indigenous Foucault Symposium, University of Alberta, October.
2015 “A Return to Tradition: Indigenous Women’s Leadership,” Dene Nahjo Northern Indigenous Leadership Pilot Program, Dettah, NT, November.
2015 “Reconciling the Future: Past and Present Understandings of Gwich'in Families in Colonial Canada in the Northwest Territories, Canada.” Keynote Speaker, Colonial Families: New Perspectives Symposium. Centre for Colonial Research on Colonial Culture, University of Otago, August.
2015 “‘Making Them Into Nice White Kids’: Education and Indigenous Resistance in the Inuvik Region, 1950-1996.” Maskwacis Cultural College, Maskwacis, AB.
2015 “‘They Certainly Did Have a Lot of Strange Ideas’: Indigenous Bodies, Morality, the Reshaping of Sexualities, and Violence at Inuvik’s Residential Schools, 1950s to 1970s.” Department of History Colloquium and the Institute for Childhood and Youth Studies, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB and the Lui Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia, March.
2014 “‘Making Them Into Nice White Kids’: Education and Indigenous Resistance in the Inuvik Region, 1950-1996.” Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, NT.
2013 “Indigenous Methodologies, Residential Schools, and Research in the Northwest Territories.” Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen, October.
2012 “Challenges in Academia: The Marginalization of Indigenous Women as Scholars in Canada.” The REDress Project, University of Alberta.
2010 “Intimacy in the North: Non-Aboriginal Representations of Dene Women,” European History Colloquium, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta.
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