Paquette becomes Edmonton’s sixth Historian Laureate since the position was established in 2010. She assumes the role from outgoing Historian Laureate Marlena Wyman.
Paquette is a Métis multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker, born and raised in Edmonton. She has worked as a historian, storyteller and an Indigenous Peoples Interpreter with Fort Edmonton Park.
The Historian Laureate is the City’s official ambassador on historical matters, raising awareness of the people, places and events that have contributed to Edmonton’s rich and diverse heritage. The Historian Laureate is selected by members of the Edmonton Historical Board and the Edmonton Heritage Council.
As Historian Laureate, Paquette will focus on local stories and characters through a series of short documentary films. She hopes to inspire Edmontonians to foster a deeper connection with their city, while paying homage to the incredible contributions of her First Nations and Métis ancestors.
“Being named Edmonton’s sixth Historian Laureate feels like a dream come true and a tremendous honour. I feel very excited to have such a rare opportunity to connect Edmontonians to their roots and history. I couldn’t feel prouder of our city. In this role, my hope is to introduce the public to Edmonton’s history in a fun and engaging way. I believe history is best told through stories, and I aim to give people context and meaning to the places they see every day. Once you know history, you see it everywhere, and that is a gift I hope to share with all Edmontonians.”
—Amber Paquette, Edmonton Historian Laureate
“Amber’s work and cultural perspective is unique among Edmonton’s previous Historians Laureate. The Edmonton Heritage Council is looking forward to Amber connecting Edmontonians through their stories with her creative approach.”
— David Ridley, executive director, Edmonton Heritage Council
“As chair of the Edmonton Historical Board, I am very pleased to welcome Amber Paquette as our new Historian Laureate. I eagerly anticipate her contribution to the Board and its work. I am particularly excited for Amber to help us better tell the Indigenous stories that are such a vital part of Edmonton’s heritage.”
— Dan Rose, chair, Edmonton Historical Board
Additional Historian Laureate facts
- In 2010 Edmonton became Canada’s first municipality to appoint a Historian Laureate.
- The Historian Laureate is the City’s official ambassador on historical matters and promotes the history of the city and its citizens by documenting, researching, interpreting and speaking about the people, places and events that have created Edmonton’s distinctive heritage and character.
- A jury comprising members of the Edmonton Historical Board and the Edmonton Heritage Council select a new Historian Laureate every two years.
- Past Historians Laureate have included: Marlena Wyman (2018-20), Chris Chang-Yen Phillips (2016-18), Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail (2014-16), Shirley Lowe (2012-14) and Ken Tingley (2010-12).
- Edmonton’s Historian Laureate must submit a report to the Edmonton Historical Board and the Edmonton Heritage Council on a yearly basis.
- The Edmonton Historian Laureate receives an honorarium of $7,500 for each year of the two-year term, provided by the Edmonton Historical Board.