Monique Aura Bedard is a neurodiverse Onyota'a:ka/French-Canadian art maker who is currently based on Dish with One Spoon Territory (Tkaronto). In 2010, they graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Studio Art). Aura is also a Diploma Toronto Art Therapy Institute Candidate where they are currently finishing their Major Project/Thesis titled Our Stories Our Truths (OSOT). OSOT is an art as transformation/healing program dedicated to creating a safe space for urban Indigenous youth to connect with and build meaningful relationships with mentors in the Indigenous community of Tkaronto. Aura has exhibited across so-called Canada and so-called United States; Shallow Gallery, Gallup, NM; The Contemporary Native Art Biennial, Montreal, QC; Sur Gallery, Toronto, ON and more.
"It is through the freedom of the creative process that imagination and creativity are ignited, connections are restored, meaning is built, passions are discovered, visions are manifested, ideas are born, inspiration becomes contagious, strength is called upon, and all voices and stories are heard."
-Monique Aura Bedard