Grace McNutt hails from Sydney, Cape Breton. In 2014, she began her post-secondary studies at Cape Breton University as a Chancellor Scholarship recipient. Grace graduated in 2018 with her Bachelor of Arts Honours in History and was awarded the CBU Silver Medal for highest aggregate in a BA program and the Angus “Gus” Morrison Scholarship for excellence in history. In the Fall of 2018, Grace began her master’s studies at Saint Mary’s University. In 2019, she received a SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship to complete her master’s thesis Oppression in the Shadows: The Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia and the Department of Indian Affairs, 1760-1950. In June 2020, Grace successfully defended her thesis and graduated from SMU with her Master of Arts in Atlantic Canada Studies as Valedictorian.