|Senator from Ontario|
|Assumed office |
March 15, 2018
|Nominated by||Justin Trudeau|
|Appointed by||Julie Payette|
|Born||October 25, 1953|
|Political party||Independent Senators Group|
|Profession||Lawyer, 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. She lives in Merrickville, Ontario, near Ottawa.
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.
Boyer is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario and has ancestral roots in the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan and Red River, Manitoba. 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. 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.
Boyer's appointment to the Senate was recommended by the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments.
- "Ontario Metis lawyer Yvonne Boyer named to Senate". Retrieved 18 March 2018.
- "Yvonne Boyer is Ontario's first Indigenous senator". CBC News. March 15, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
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