Aaron Paquette

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Aaron Paquette
Born1973/1974 (age 45–46)[1]
Edmonton, Alberta
Occupationwriter, artist
Genrefantasy, young adult literature
Notable worksLightfinder

Aaron Paquette is a Canadian writer, artist, speaker[2] and politician who was a winner of the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature in 2015 for his debut young adult fantasy novel Lightfinder.[3] On October 16, 2017, Paquette was elected to the Edmonton City Council to represent Ward 4 in the city's northeast.

As a painter, his most notable work is a public art mural at Edmonton's Grandin LRT Station.[4] He also created several iconic images used in the Idle No More movement. His work[5] may also be found in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.[6][7]

His murals[8] adorn the walls of many Edmonton schools, and public locations.

He is also featured in the documentary program, "From the Spirit."[9]

Paquette, a Métis of Cree, Cayuse[10] and Norwegian descent,[11] is also the president of Cree8 Success, a consulting firm.[12]


He ran as a New Democratic Party candidate in the riding of Edmonton Manning in the 2015 federal election,[12] defeated by candidate Ziad Aboultaif of the Conservative Party.

In 2017, Paquette ran for Edmonton City Council in Ward 4, which includes the neighbourhoods of Northeast Edmonton, Manning, and Clareview. Paquette defeated 11 other candidates for the seat with 23.79% of the vote.[13]

Electoral record[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ziad Aboultaif 22,166 45.2 -10.25
Liberal Sukhdev Aujla 13,509 27.6 +18.5
New Democratic Aaron Paquette 11,582 23.6 -3.1
Green Chris Vallee 1,079 2.2 -0.68
Independent Mebreate Deres 540 1.1
Marxist–Leninist André Vachon 125 0.3
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,001 100.0     $212,270.98
Total rejected ballots 185
Turnout 49,186 61.3%
Eligible voters 80,111
Conservative hold Swing -14.37%
Source: Elections Canada[14][15]


  1. ^ http://www.albertanativenews.com/aaron-paquette-ndp-candidate-for-edmonton-manning/
  2. ^ "Artist Paquette pens his first novel; Fantasy tale not simply about 'being native'" Edmonton Journal, June 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley win 2015 Burt Award". Quill & Quire, October 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "Contentious Grandin Station mural to be revised". Edmonton Journal, February 27, 2014.
  5. ^ Toolkit, Web Experience. "We have received a spirit panel from @aaronpaquette a First Nations artist from #Edmonton! #CMHR #CMHRart". humanrights.ca. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  6. ^ Aaron Paquette's page at Idle No More website. Accessed 17 Nov 2015.
  7. ^ "Is There a Future for Idle No More?" by Aaron Paquette. November 30th, 2013. Accessed 17 Nov 2015
  8. ^ "Pop-up murals illustrate poverty on Edmonton's streets | Metro Edmonton". metronews.ca. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  9. ^ "Moving Images Distribution: Aaron Paquette • From the Spirit". movingimages.ca. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  10. ^ "Featured Artist for October 2014: Aaron Paquette". Alberta Native News. 2014-10-17. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  11. ^ "Aaron Paquette: A journey of hope & healing". Edmonton Journal, August 7, 2004.
  12. ^ a b "Aaron Paquette, a high profile candidate running for the NDP in Edmonton" Archived November 18, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. APTN Investigates, August 18, 2015.
  13. ^ "2017 Official Results by Voting Station" (PDF). City of Edmonton. City of Edmonton. Retrieved Oct 27, 2017.
  14. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Edmonton Manning, 30 September 2015
  15. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine