My name is Joshua Fraser ᐊᐱ ᐆᑕ ᑫᐁᐘᑎᓅᐠ or Josh is fine too. I was born and have lived in Calgary, most of my life. I have also lived in rural Alberta and a few Cree First Nation communities. My Cree and Anishinaabe (Saulteaux) background is through my father’s side, we are from Peepeekisis First Nation which is signatory to Treaty 4. My Tsuut’ina ancestry is through my mother’s side (Starlight), the Tsuut’ina are signatory to Treaty 7. I am also Scottish and French, I am proud of the mix that makes me Canadian and Indigenous.
I went to junior and senior high school at the Plains Indians Cultural Survival School (PICSS), where I graduated. PICSS was a great opportunity to learn about history, culture and language through a First Nations perspective. I was active in the student council and the editor of the school newspaper for several years. I went on to study history and political science at Mount Royal University. I continue studies in Marketing and Business through the University of Calgary.
I am a former business analyst for a marketing department within Calgary’s corporate industry. I have worked for corporate and government organizations including Olympia Trust Company, Revenue Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development, and the City of Calgary. I have also volunteered and worked for many non-profit organizations including the Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Indspire, UMAYC Calgary committee, Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee and was active in University extra-curricular activities including a volunteer for the Native Student Centre and Aboriginal Representative to the Student’s Association Student’s Council.
I have a background in traditional, digital and social media marketing and communications. I currently run the Aboriginal Circle twitter account that has 14K+ followers and an Indigenous politics blog which shared information on Indigenous candidates for the mainstream national parties, data analysis and reporting on the potential of the Aboriginal vote.
I have voted in every single election that I was eligible to since I turned eighteen. I have been a Liberal for over a decade. My initial involvement was Vice-President (Youth) for the Alberta Aboriginal People’s Commission and I went on to serve as national Vice-President (Youth) working closely with the Young Liberals of Canada and National Co-President of the APC. I have been involved in various federal, provincial, tribal and student elections, supporting progressive candidates.