Michèle Taïna Audette is Innue and Québécoise. She was born in Wabush, Labrador and raised between Schefferville, Mani-Utenam and Montreal. She studied visual arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), then in arts education at Concordia University before receiving, several years later, in August 2018, an honorary doctorate from the University of Montreal for her political and social engagement with defending the rights of Indigenous women. Among other things, she was president of Québec Native Women (QNW) and Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) as well as commissioner for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Since the fall of 2019, she is senior advisor on Reconciliation and Indigenous education at Laval University, and more recently, she was appointed as an independent senator in the Senate of Canada.