Amber Paquette 2020-2022

Amber Paquette

Amber Paquette is a Métis multi-disciplinary artist, film-maker and Indigenous People's interpreter born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Her life's passion and work have long been inspired by the rich history and culture of her family.

Amber has worked professionally as a historian, story-teller and Indigenous People's Interpreter with Fort Edmonton Park for several years. Her work with the public has centred on the daily re-enactment of Edmonton's historic Fur Trade era and Indigenous culture and traditions.

Amber can trace her ancestry back to many of the prolific founders of early Fort Edmonton - Cree, Iroquois, French and Scottish fur traders who played a pivotal role in the city's birth.

As Historian Laureate, Amber introduced Edmontonians to many local stories and characters through a series of short documentary films. Amber inspired Edmontonians to foster a deeper connection with their city and the places they call home, while paying homage to the incredible contributions of her First Nations and Métis ancestors.

Marlena Wyman 2018-2020

Marlena Wyman

Marlena Wyman was Edmonton's fifth Historian Laureate. As a visual artist and archivist, her goals were to shine a light on lesser known Edmonton stories through her art and to increase awareness of the role of the archives.

She created artworks for two exhibits that were inspired by the archival records of early Edmonton women. She also curated the exhibit: Sketching History: Rediscovering Edmonton's Architectural Heritage through Urban Sketching, installed at the Prince of Wales Armouries and City Archives.

Sketches of the city's built and natural heritage by members of Urban Sketchers Edmonton were featured, as well as photographs and paintings from the City of Edmonton Archives. A smaller exhibit travelled to Edmonton Public Library branches and a catalogue was published. 

An online version can be viewed on the City Archives webpage.

Chris Chang-Yen Philips 2016-2018

Chang-Yen Phillips

Chris Chang-Yen Phillips was Edmonton’s fourth historian laureate, and was active in animating Edmonton’s stories through creating the Let's Find Out podcast. He produced 20 episodes of the podcast as well as a live panel discussion. He also maintained and expanded the Historian Laureate Facebook page.

Chang-Yen Phillips also animated Edmonton's history through marking Canada's 150th. For this he was involved with writing a series of history stories for CBC Canada. He also supervised a group of University of Alberta students making radio stories about Edmonton’s Chinatown for a project called Figure 一,二,三,六,八.

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail 2014-2016

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

Edmonton's third Historian Laureate, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, was very active during her term, especially online. She promoted Edmonton's history through her Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail website and blog as well as on Twitter through her account @danicanuck using the hashtag #yeghistory. She also started a Historian Laureate Facebook page.

Metcalfe-Chemail's publications during her time as Historian Laureate include Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North and a children's book Aviation ABC's. She also wrote numerous articles for blogs, newspapers and magazines.

Shirley Lowe 2012-2014

Shirley Lowe

During her time as Historian Laureate, Shirley Lowe continued to raise awareness of the position. Her success is shown by the increasing number of requests for media appearances and presentations to community groups.

Lowe helped to mark significant Edmonton milestones like the 100 year anniversaries of the completion of the High Level Bridge and the amalgamation of Strathcona and Edmonton. She spoke up for Edmonton's heritage with groups like the Rossdale Regeneration Group.

Research & Presentation Highlights

Ken Tingley 2010-2012

Ken Tingley : Edmonton's First Historian Laureate

Ken Tingley became the first municipal Historian Laureate in Canada when he was named to the position in April of 2010. "I am honoured that the City of Edmonton has chosen me as Historian Laureate," said Tingley. "Edmonton may be a relatively young city, but it has packed a lot in. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share this history with others."

During his tenure as Historian Laureate, Tingley presented and gave tours at local symposiums and conferences and spoke to historical societies and community and professional groups. Tingley also served as Master of Ceremonies for the celebration of the 65th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and the Liberation of Holland, held at Sir Winston Churchill Square on May 5, 2010.

One of his first duties as Historian Laureate, attending Evansdale School's Multicultural Heritage days, led to an ongoing oral history project, documenting the experiences of recent immigrant children and their families.

Ken Tingley's publications during his time as Historian Laureate include Ride of the Century: The Story of the Edmonton Transit System and My Heart's in the Highlands: The Building of a Historic Edmonton Community.