Michèle Audette has made an outstanding contribution to the defense of Indigenous women’s rights in Canada. She became involved very early in her life in the fight to end discrimination against Indigenous women. At the age of 27, she became president of the Quebec Native Women’s Association. She then held the position of associate deputy minister for the Secrétariat à la condition féminine du Québec. From 2012 to 2014, she was President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.
In 2016, she was appointed Commissioner for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Through her political and social commitment, she has played a key role in transforming relations between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous society in Québec and Canada. She has successfully advocated and continues to advocate for changes in provincial and federal policies to address discrimination, violence against Indigenous women and social inequalities.
In August 2018, the University of Montreal awarded Audette an honorary
doctorate to acknowledge the scope of her commitment to Indigenous women’s issues,
the crucial role she played in the creation of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and her tireless work for reconciliation among all peoples.