Opening Keynote

Date: Tuesday, September 24

Time: 1:20pm – 2:20pm

Opening Keynote: Aaron Paquette

Aaron Paquette

Opening Keynote Presenter: Aaron Paquette

Aaron Paquette is one of Canadaʼs best-known First Nations Métis personalities. He is a bestselling, award-winning author, an acclaimed painter and artist, an illustrator, goldsmith and cathedral stained glass artist. Active in his community, Aaron sits on various civic, provincial and national Boards and Advisory Councils. Aaron’s message is that we all suffer, but none of us is alone. There is a strength within us and around us that we can constantly draw on, not only to get us through tough times, but to propel us into the life we always wanted.

Topic:  The Power of Storytelling: Journeys of Transformation through Learning


The power of literacy is the power to discover stories. To tell your story is to shape your life. Words create worlds.

Aaron Paquette knows this in a very personal and powerful way. During his presentation, through story and music, Aaron will share how literacy and learning have touched his life. He will also share what he has learned from others about resilience in the face of challenges. Every journey has bumps in the road and we may not always end up where we thought we were headed, but the things we learn along the way can be truly transformational.