Amber Paquette is a Cree and Métis multi-disciplinary artist, filmmaker and the 6th Historian Laureate for the City of Edmonton. She was born and raised in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta.) Her life's passion and work have long been inspired by the rich history and culture of her ancestors. Her family connections and kinships are rooted in both the Michel and Papaschase First Nations, as well as the Métis Nation of Alberta. She also has historic ties to the African-Canadian settlements of Keystone/Breton.
Amber has worked as researcher, story-teller and Indigenous People's Interpreter for several years. Her work with the public has centered on the historic representation of First Nations and Métis communities in Treaty 6 Territory. She also has a passion for exploring traditional Indigenous lifeways, ceremonies, pre-contact societies and agricultural systems. She specializes in interpreting women's roles in the Fur Trade, as well as exploring Fur Trade relationships through Indigenous lenses.
Amber believes strongly in power of blending Traditional Knowledge and academia in all manners of her work. She collaborates both with Knowledge Keepers, Elders and professional educators from across Treaty 6 and beyond. Her skill craft and training focuses on authentic historical reenactments and cultural programming; hide-tanning, tipi teachings, beadwork, plant medicines, traditional land-use and oral histories.
Amber's work as the Historian Laureate is sponsored and endorsed by the Edmonton Historical Board and Edmonton City Council. She has also worked in partnership with several other intuitions across Treaty 6, such as Edmonton Public Schools, Parity YEG, The Rupertsland’s Institute, Edmonton Public Library, The Provincial Archives of Alberta, Fort Edmonton Park, Edmonton Heritage Council, Edmonton District & Historical Society and the Prairie Institute of Archaeology.
Photo Credits: Arsan Buffin