Vanessa Fladmark is from the Yahgulaanas Jaanas Raven clan in Old Massett, Haida Gwaii, where she grew up surrounded by revitalized culture, old-growth forests and ocean in every direction. She lives by the Haida mindset Yahguudang, which means “respect for all living things.” She works as a marine research technician, identifying zooplankton in fish stomachs to study their feeding, while also pursuing a Master of Science at UBC.