Claudette Happyjack is native of the Cree community of Waswanipi. Early in her life she developed a love of travelling. Her overwhelming sense of curiosity and irresistible desire for exploration led her to carve her own life path, an exceptional life path. She started painting during her time in the open plains of Saskatchewan; she took up again with painting when she returned to Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Her journey took her to Val-d’Or in 2016. When she saw the slim silhouette of black spruce, she felt at home and decided to settle there. It didn’t take long for Claudette to carve out a place for herself and leave her mark. Visitors can admire her characters in movement at Parc Bérard, where she participated in a vibrant collective work as part of a cultural outreach project called Orignal (Moose). She is involved with the administrative board of the Val-d’Or Native Friendship Centre. Today, Claudette has it at heart to inspire the Aboriginal youth to be proud of their origins and trace a future at their image.