The arts world is filled with stories of courage, resilience, and determination. On this Girls That Create podcast episode, Erin chats with Andrea Menard, who shares her indigenous heritage, inspiring journey in the world of arts, work in feminine leadership, and the importance of raising voices that have been silenced.
About Andrea Menard
Andrea Menard is an accomplished Métis singer/songwriter, actor, speaker, wellness trainer, and the founder of the Sacred Feminine Learning Lodge. She is one of the co-stars of the new hit CTV/CW series, Sullivan’s Crossing, and was recently honoured with the “Metis Artist of the Year” award at the Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards.
As seen in USA Today, Menard is an influencer in Feminine leadership and was named one of WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner in 2020. An advocate for rematriation and reconciliation, Menard trains women to “Lead Like a Goddess” and helps all-gendered people to reclaim and embody the qualities of the Sacred Feminine. She is also the author of the Seeds from the Sacred Feminine Wisdom Cards, which contains 52 gentle, land-based teachings and beautiful paintings by Metis painter, Leah Dorion.
As the beloved Auntie Edna on the new hit CTV/CW series, Sullivan’s Crossing, Menard is a five-time Gemini-nominated actress, a 15-time music award winner, and was named ACTRA National’s Woman of the Year for 2021. She has released 5 award-winning albums, including her latest Michif language album, a symphony show, 2 theatrical cabarets, including her latest hit show, Rubaboo, 2 television performance specials, and her TEDx talk called “Silent No More” has reached almost 200,000 views. Menard has performed for royalty, prime ministers, governor-generals, residential school survivors, families of the missing and murdered Indigenous women, and even sang her song “Peace” to the world’s NATO generals.
Born in Manitoba, Menard is a proud member of the Metis Nation of Canada. Her Metis family originates from St. Laurent, Manitoba, but settled in the interlakes region of Treaty 2 territory. She carries the name Skooteah Equahh, which means Fire Woman in Anishinaabemowin and the Nêhiyawêwin name Notigwew Yutin, which means Grandmother Wind. These names deeply inform Menard’s work.
Learn more about Menard and her work at andreamenard.com.
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