Aaron Paquette

First Nations Metis Writer, Politician, Artist and Keynote Speaker

Aaron Paquette

Aaron Paquette is one of Canadaʼs best-known First Nations Metis personalities. He is a bestselling, award-winning author, an acclaimed painter and artist, an illustrator, goldsmith and cathedral stained glass artist.  

Active in his community, Aaron sits on various civic, provincial and national Boards and Advisory Councils.  On October 16, 2017, Aaron was elected to the Edmonton City Counsel to represent Ward 4 in the City's Northeast. 

He is also fortunate to be alive.  It was on a cold August night in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada that Aaron found himself on the guardrails of the High Level Bridge. A moment of crisis. Over the intervening years, through ups and downs and many mistakes and learning opportunities, Aaron has found a way to voice his message. We all suffer, but none of us are alone. There is a strength within us and around us that we can constantly draw on, not only to get us through tough times, but to propel us into the life we always wanted.

Aaron’s public art and mural work is colourful, flowing and accessible, perfect for any community.  In great demand, Aaron is an engaging, exciting and inspiring speaker and gives generously of his spirit in laughter, joy and learning.

He has shared the stage with former and current politicians such as Phil Fontaine, Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, Dr. Marie Wilson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, former Auditor General of Canada Sheilah Fraser, Right Honorable Paul Martin, among others.

In early 2013 he coined the term #Ottawapiskat which helped disrupt the way we look at the relationship between Indigenous Reservations and the Canadian Government in a constructive and humorous way. It was a stark and paradigm shifting marriage of the words Ottawa (Canada’s capital city) and Attawapiskat, a northern community under the grip of extreme poverty and suffering. People immediately saw the potential and began creating their own highly charged, incisive, or just plain funny tweets around the new word. Making space for other’s creativity and inventiveness is something that inspires Aaron’s work and efforts.

His bestselling, award winning novel Lightfinder is taught across Canada in schools, colleges and universities. He was a candidate for Member of Parliament for the riding of Edmonton-Manning in 2015

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    Topics 
  1. Truth and Reconciliation

    What does reconciliation mean? Who is it for? How do we get there? The answers reveal the truth of Canada’s identity

  2. Literacy and Storytelling

    The power of literacy is the power to discover stories. To tell your story is to shape your life. Words create worlds

  3. Diversity and Inclusion
Testimonials: 
Aaron was amazing. He actually did exceed my expectations... I would recommend him as a keynote. He’s a great speaker, very comfortable and genuine. He was especially well-received for his evening storytelling event. We had the attendees fill out an evaluation form. Every single form praised Aaron (not a single negative review). I wanted to share just a few of the comments with you: “Loved his author reading on Wednesday night. So Captivating!” ... “Very powerful message” ... “He did an amazing job” ... “He was one of the best storytellers I have ever heard. Both times he spoke” ... “Mr. Paquette was a perfect keynote, very engaging, very honest and entertaining” ... “He was wonderful” ... “Very inspiring” ... “His stories were heartfelt” ... "He was incredible. Very talented storyteller” ... “He was awesome. Loved it” ... “Inspiring and great way to lay the foundation for entire symposium” ... “He was so engaging! His personal stories were amazing and his presentation was amazing” ... “Very moving, enlightening, informative” ... “Engaging, animated, real, touching. Stories were from the heart. Thank you” ... Thanks again for working so hard to get us the perfect [speaker]. You have been really great to work with.
Alberta Municipal Affairs
Public Library Services Branch
I wanted to let you know how amazing Aaron was. I have had so much positive feedback about his keynote at our conference. He was inspirational, engaging, and honest. Such a great morning for all of us.
Aurora School, Edmonton
Our event last week was a success and Aaron was a large part of that success. His talk was fantastic! Everyone was very engaged and what he spoke about was spot on with the theme of the day. Aaron exceeded our expectations and I would absolutely recommend Aaron as a keynote speaker. My only regret was that I wish we had more time to talk personally and get to know Aaron more. Thanks again for everything and please extend our thanks and appreciation to Aaron as well.
NORDIK Institute

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