Dr. Yvonne Boyer is a lawyer, an academic, and a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario with her ancestral roots in the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan and the Red River. She is also a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Law Society of Saskatchewan with over 21 years of experience practicing law.
She received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan, and her Master of Laws and Doctor of Laws from the University of Ottawa. In 2013, she completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy University of Regina, where she remains a Research Affiliate and Adjunct Professor. She is also a former Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Health and Wellness at Brandon University.
In addition to running her own law practice, Boyer Law Office, she currently serves at the University of Ottawa as the Associate Director for the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics and as a professor in the Faculty of Law. She worked previously as counsel to the Native Women’s Association of Canada, legal advisor to the Canadian Nurses Protective Society, and an executive with the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and the National Aboriginal Health Organization.
Dr. Boyer has served on the boards of the Champlain Local Integrated Health Network and Save the Children Canada, and has published extensively on First Nations, Métis and Inuit topics and the connections between health and law. She is a former Canadian Human Rights Commissioner and an appointed Member of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, First Nations Appeal Tribunal. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards.
Dr. Boyer resides in Ontario, where she volunteers her time and expertise with several organizations. She is a mother of four and has three grandchildren.