Yvonne Boyer

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Yvonne Boyer
Senator from Ontario
Assumed office
March 15, 2018
Nominated byJustin Trudeau
Appointed byJulie Payette
Personal details
Born (1953-10-25) October 25, 1953 (age 65)
Political partyIndependent Senators Group
ProfessionLawyer, professor, administrator

Yvonne Boyer (born October 25, 1953) is a Canadian lawyer who was named to the Senate of Canada on March 25, 2018, as a Senator for Ontario by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. A Métis, Boyer is the first Indigenous person appointed to the Senate from Ontario.[1] She lives in Merrickville, Ontario, near Ottawa.[2]

As a lawyer, Boyer has been outspoken in her criticisms of inequities in Canada's health care in its treatment of and availability to Indigenous peoples.[1]

Boyer is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario and has ancestral roots in the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan and Red River, Manitoba.[2] As well as being a lawyer, at the time of her appointment to the Upper House she was a professor in the law faculty at the University of Ottawa and associate director at the school's Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics.[1] She is also a former member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission and has also served as in-house counsel for the Native Women's Association of Canada, and as a senior policy analyst and legal adviser at the National Aboriginal Health Organization.[2]

Boyer's appointment to the Senate was recommended by the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Ontario Metis lawyer Yvonne Boyer named to Senate". Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Yvonne Boyer is Ontario's first Indigenous senator". CBC News. March 15, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2018.