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Edmonton elects first Indigenous councillor in decades

Aaron Paquette, a Métis artist and writer, has been elected in Ward 4

Aaron Paquette is a Metis artist and writer.

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Aaron Paquette is a Metis artist and writer.

Edmonton has elected its first Indigenous councillor in nearly 50 years.

Aaron Paquette, a Métis artist and writer, gained 23.5 percent of the vote in Ward 4 (as of press time), becoming the first Indigenous councillor since Kiviaq, also know as David Charles Ward, was elected in 1968.

“I’m proud. I’m humbled. It meant a lot to my family obviously and I’m really grateful."

Paquette, who had previously ran for a federal seat for the NDP in Edmonton-Manning, said he hoped his win would help inspire Edmonton’s Indigenous youth.

"The Indigenous youth can look at this and feel like they’re a part of this city. Mostly what it means to me is I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me."

He said for a long time, Edmonton’s north east has been neglected, so he’s looking forward to rolling up his sleeves and putting the ward’s issues back in the spotlight.

“For a long time up here in the north east people have felt like they’re a forgotten corner of the city. So we feel like everyone needs to feel like they’re included.”

Stay tuned for a more in-depth interview with Paquette Tuesday.

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