“For me, this National Inquiry is an historic moment. Following 500 years of colonization, it is the first pan-Canadian opportunity to gather, understand and build knowledge on the ongoing violence against Indigenous women and girls. While this aspect is crucial, we also need to disseminate this knowledge to all citizens of this country. Each and every Canadian must then take responsibility and be part of the solution to end violence against First Nation, Metis and Inuit women.

Every survivor, every family member, every community that has suffered violence, in all its forms, must be given the opportunity to heal and move forward.

When Canadian society creates systems in which violence becomes pervasive, and which puts Indigenous women at risk, we fail our collective responsibilities. I believe in a Canadian society and in First Nation, Metis and Inuit societies where no one is left behind and vulnerable. This vision has always guided my actions and will guide them forever.”

The daughter of a Quebecois father and an Innu mother, Commissioner Audette grew up in an engaged environment at the confluence of two rich cultures, which she proudly represents.

Commissioner Audette entered politics at a young age, first as president of the Quebec Native Women’s Association and then as Associate Deputy Minister for the Status of Women in the Government of Quebec.

Commissioner Audette then made the leap to the national scene as president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. Her tireless efforts have helped to advance the cause of women and families. L’École Nationale d’Administration Publique recently sought her expertise to help create an innovative program on Indigenous public policy.