Gracie Crafts, BSc
Cultural fire impact on culturally - significant plants and increasing biodiversity at Vaseux Lake, BC
Gracie Crafts (she/her) (Niizhogiiziskwe - Two Suns Woman) is of the Marten clan from Wasauksing First Nation. She is Two-Spirit Anishinaabe and non – Indigenous (mixed European and Jewish) woman. She grew up in Parry Sound, Ontario. She went to Trent University and completed a BSc in Indigenous Environmental Science. She is a Master of Science in Forestry student working with Dr. Danielle Ignace (Ignace Lab) and Dr. Lori Daniels at the University of British Columbia.
In 2018, she co-founded Georgian Bay Anishinaabek Youth (GBAY) with three other Anishinaabek youth from the Eastern Georgian Bay region. They work in partnership with Georgian Bay Mnidoo Gamii Biosphere, a UNESCO World Biosphere. The foundation of their work is Anishinaabe aadziwin – cultural land-based learning to reconnect youth to their lands and culture through safe and meaningful ways.
Gracie's research will take place within the traditional territory of the Sylix peoples at Vaseux Lake in the Southern interior of British Columbia. Her research is focused on the use of Indigenous fire stewardship and cultural fire to revitalize culturally- significant plants, food and medicines and increase biodiversity through positive interactions with fire.