The Edmonton Area used to be called Beaver Hills by the Indigenous people who first lived here. It was a resource rich landscape with hunting, berries, water, trees…everything needed to live well and without fear of hunger or want. Little wonder the Hudson’s Bay Company decided to set up shop. Fort Edmonton was the last outpost before the great, lonely journey to the North and provided a means of trade and peaceable co-existence (for the most part) between the European settlers and the First Nations people. For a time, it offered a possibility of a future wherein both cultures would be equals. Those days are long gone, as are the times before that, but even in fading memory is the knowledge that once, we slept on Beaver Hill.
About the Author: Aaron Paquette
At the age of three years old, Aaron Paquette was terrified and enchanted by his Mother’s impersonation of Gollum while reading the Hobbit. It was then that he knew he wanted to tell stories. As an artist, his work has gone around the world. As a speaker he is in great demand for his powerful messages. And as a writer, Lightfinder is his first novel and he hopes you enjoy it!