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University of Ottawa law professor named senator

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 12:48 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Yvonne Boyer has been appointed as an independent senator for the province of Ontario. 

Boyer, who is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, is the first senator from the province to identify as Indigenous.

A member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Law Society of Saskatchewan, Boyer operates her own practice, Boyer Law Office, in addition to serving as the associate director for the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics at the University of Ottawa, and as a professor in the faculty of law. She has published extensively on First Nations, Métis and Inuit topics and the connections between health and law.

Boyer previously was counsel to the Native Women’s Association of Canada, legal adviser to the Canadian Nurses Protective Society and an executive with the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and the National Aboriginal Health Organization. Additionally, Boyer is a former Canadian human rights commissioner and an appointed member of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, First Nations Appeal Tribunal.

“I am delighted to welcome Parliament’s newest independent senator, Yvonne Boyer. I am confident that Parliament will benefit from Dr. Boyer’s knowledge and experience, and that she will be a great ambassador for Ontario, the Métis Nation and all of Canada,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau