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Amy was a Mount Royal University alumni. A vivacious, kind, and loving Cree Knowledge Keeper, educator, artist, and entrepreneur, Amy shone her light far in the world. A member of Sucker Creek First Nation, she loved living off the land in her traditional ways, hunting and picking medicine, all while sporting her signature bright red lipstick and mischievous grin. She naturally chose her path as an artist, designer, and teacher, following in her Mom’s footsteps.

Amy made her life in Calgary with her Mom and son, and helped build Moonstone Gallery from a table in the basement to a thriving gallery that represents over 75 local Indigenous artists with a worldwide customer base. Amy saw Moonstone as an opportunity to learn from her Mom while keeping her young son close by. Her work and pursuit of knowledge took her to Ottawa, New Zealand, Winnipeg, Toronto, Germany, Łutselkʼe and beyond. She was involved in the Chamber of Commerce, the Calgary Stampede committee, Calgary Indigenous Day, Calgary Folk Festival and her son’s school, and facilitated countless sessions with institutions and corporate clients about her culture.

Amy was a brilliant shining light in the world and touched the hearts of many people. She held great knowledge and responsibility for her family and community. She had a special rapport that made everybody feel like she was their sister.  She is a reminder to us to remember the good things. 

Amelia “Amy” Nora Willier walked on at the age of 38 in January 2021. She will remain forever in the hearts of her son Colton, nephew AJ, niece Mya, mom Yvonne, family members and friends throughout the world. To the recipient of this Memorial Bursary, we ask that you pursue excellence in your field, and live your life with joy and humour and to share your gift of love with the world.

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