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Universal rights begin in places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.


As a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Law Society of Saskatchewan, Dr. Yvonne Boyer practices in the following areas:

  • Health law
  • Aboriginal and Treaty rights and their constitutional status
  • Corporate law, leases, contracts
  • Small business structure and non-profit organizational law, bylaws, policies
  • Human Rights
  • Drafting of Wills and Codicils
  • Notary services

Boyer Law Office provides holistic services in law that uses collaborative methods of dealing with legal issues and a resolution is crafted that satisfies the parties. When providing services to First Nation, Metis or Inuit clients Boyer law Office strives to use a blend of western and Indigenous laws to create viable solutions. Clients include national, regional and local Aboriginal organizations; individuals and for profit and non-profit organizations.


Photograph of Yvonne Boyer

Yvonne Boyer is the Associate Director of the University of Ottawa Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics and Professor in the Faculty of Law. She formerly held the Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Health and Wellness at Brandon University and a Professor of Native Studies. As a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Law Society of Saskatchewan with over 21 years of experience practicing law, she has published extensively on the topics of First Nations, Métis and Inuit and the intersect between health and the law as well as Aboriginal and treaty rights and their constitutional protections. Yvonne is a former Canadian Human Rights Commissioner and an appointed Member of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, First Nations Appeals Tribunal. She is the former in house counsel to the Native Women's Association of Canada, in house Legal Advisor to the Canadian Nurses Protective Society, and former Senior Policy Analyst and Legal Advisor at the National Aboriginal Health Organization. She holds Adjunct Professor status at the Community Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba; and at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the Universtiy of Regina. Yvonne received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan (96), received her Master of Laws (02) and Doctor of Laws (11) from the University of Ottawa. In 2013 she completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the Indigenous People’s Health Research Centre (IPHRC) at the University of Regina and she remains a Research Affilite with IPHRC. She is the recipient of numerous recognitions and awards. Yvonne was born in Saskatchewan and is a member of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan and the Metis Nation of Ontario, and resides in Ottawa.

Legal and Policy

Having a comprehensive range of experience, Red Willow Legal & Policy Inc. (Red Willow Consulting), provides the assurance that you have access to a range of talents and individuals who are committed to providing you with the service and products that you need in a timely fashion. We have experience in a diverse range of government and non-government projects, we also have a network of associates for specialized services.

We offer:

  • Lawyers, authors, academics, quality work, timely delivery
  • Extensive experience in legal analysis, public policy development on a variety of issues including theories and concepts of quality of life, security and justice, health, identity and membership, and gender based analysis.
  • Non-Profit corporate law, legal risk assessment
  • Legal research, comprehensive research on case law and precedent analysis
  • Public policy research including environmental scans
  • Legal opinions on a wide range of specialties
  • Holistic approaches to complex legal problems—restorative, innovative, creative, collaborative solutions

Topical Areas of Expertise

  • Aboriginal and Treaty rights and constitutional status of First Nations and Métis Rights and determinants of Health,
  • International Rights to Health,
  • Fiduciary obligations, duty to consult and accommodate,
  • Citizenship, identity and kinship,
  • Justice and security, communities at risk or in crisis,
  • Experience on a range of successful community justice initiatives with cultural aspects,
  • Canadian Human Rights Act and analysis,
  • Matrimonial real property - legislative and policy remedies,
  • Development of practical and culturally safe approaches to the residential school issues,
  • Policy, corporate governance, bylaws, procedures,
  • Aboriginal women, gender based approaches


Y.Boyer, L. Chartrand, eds. Metis Rising: the People, the Law, Volumes 1 – 3, University of Regina Press: Regina, Forthcoming December 2017

We are writing to share some exciting news. Dr. Yvonne Boyer (Brandon University), and Professor Larry Chartrand (University of Ottawa) are co-authors and editors on the new book Métis Rising (Titles to be confirmed). This book is a Three Volume set due to be released in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and will be a comprehensive understanding of the Métis peoples in Canada. The book will include chapters from scholars, practitioners, artists and community members with the overall themes focusing on Métis social, artistic, cultural, political, spiritual and legal matters. The first volume is Metis Rising: Community Histories, Identities and Rights; the second volume is Metis Rising: The Artist, the Art and the Culture, and Metis artist Jaime Koebel is co-editing this Volume with us; the third volume is Metis Rising: Health and Social Development in the Modern Metis (Titles to be determined). The publishing will be staggered, with the goal of a complete published set by early 2019. To date, we have 17 confirmed chapters underway for Volume 1 and we are targeting late 2017 for the publishing date for Volume 1.

Y.M. Boyer (2014), Moving Aboriginal Health Forward: Discarding Canada's Legal Barriers (Purich Publishing, 2014)

This book is an historical examination of Canadian legal regimes and how they have impacted – negatively – on the health of Aboriginal peoples. Everything from the early ban on traditional practices to the constitutional division of powers is examined (including who is responsible for off-reserve Indians under the Constitution). The author argues there is a clear connection between the health of individuals and the legal regime under which they live, and that our legal regime is one of the determinants of health. She contrasts the state of Aboriginal health in pre-contact days with their health today. The book provides comprehensive reviews of both health statistical data, historical practices aimed at Aboriginal peoples, and an analysis of legal principles that have developed in Canada law as it applies to Aboriginal peoples. It outlines how commitments made by treaty and Supreme Court of Canada rulings on Aboriginal rights, the duty to consult and the special constitutional status of Aboriginal peoples can be used to advance the health of Aboriginal peoples. The book concludes with a practical framework for the reconciliation of Aboriginal health and healing practices with the larger Canadian society.

Dr. Boyer is Métis, originally from Saskatchewan, and specializes in health issues and the law. This work is based on her doctoral thesis in law at the University of Ottawa.

Excellent Book Review in the Saskatchewan Law Review, 2015 Vol 78, Janelle Souter, online: http://www.lawsociety.sk.ca/media/116253/2015SLR78_2Booknotes.pdf

Book Review: Gary Geddes, Vancouver Sun “Aboriginal health continues to be a national shame, December 26, 2014, online http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Aboriginal+health+continues+national+shame/10682273/story.html.

Book Review: “Book explores Canada’s indigenous health situation” Johanna Lazore Aniushnabek News, January 13, 2015, online: http://anishinabeknews.ca/2015/01/13/book-explores-canadas-indigenous-health-situation.

Chapters in Books:

Yvonne Boyer, Josee Lavoie, Derek Kornelson, Jeff Reading “20 years later: RCAP’s legacy in Indigenous health system’s governance - What about the next twenty?” Sharing a Land: Sharing a Future, Queen’s University 2016 (Accepted)

Y. Boyer, “Health and Mental Health of Indigenous Inmates” in Nilli Kaplan-Myth, Lori Hanson eds. Much Madness, Divinest Sense, Women’s Stories of Mental Health and Health Care (Pottersfield: Lawrencetown) 2017.

J. Lavoie, Y.M. Boyer, D. Kornelsen, “Northern and Indigenous health policy” in Health and Health Care in the Canadian North, University of Toronto (in press), 2016.

Y.M Boyer, S. Spence, (2016) Marine LePuloch and Celine Planchou, eds. “The Treaty Right to Health In Manitoba Canada”. The Nations Within (No 143) (The French Review of American Studies, Sorbonne University: Paris).

Y.M. Boyer (2009), Gail Valaskakis, Madeline Deon Stout, Eric Guimond eds. First Nations Women’s Health and the Law in “First Nations Women’s Contributions to Community Development and Cultural Continuity” Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

Y.M. Boyer (2005), Wanda D. McCaslin ed. “Community Based Justice Initiatives of the Saskatoon Tribal Council” in Justice As Healing: Indigenous Ways Writings on Community Peacemaking and Restorative Justice (Living Justice Press: Minneapolis) (April 2005)

Select Papers in Refereed Journals and Working Papers:

J. Lavoie, D. Kornelsen, Y. Boyer, L. Wylie, “Lost in Maps: Regionalization and Indigenous Health Services” Healthcare Papers: New Models for the New Healthcare Vol. 16 No. 1, 2016, online: https://www.longwoods.com/content/24773.

J.Jull, Y. Boyer et al "Development of A Collaborative Research Framework: The Example Of A Study Conducted By And With A First Nations, Inuit and Metis Women’s Community and Their Research Partners” ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, accepted July 11, 2016.

J.Jull, Y. Boyer et al. “When is a trial equity-relevant? Development of a conceptual framework to identify when a randomized controlled trial provides equity-relevant evidence” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, submitted June 2016.

Y. Boyer, “First Nations, Métis and Inuit Women’s Health: A Rights Based Approach", Alberta Law Review, Health Law Special Edition (Accepted, in press), March 2016.

J.Jull, A. Giles, Y. Boyer, D. Stacey, Minwaashin Lodge, “Development Of A Collaborative Research Framework: The Example Of A Study Conducted By And With A First Nations, Inuit And Metis Women’s Community And Their Research Partners” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, March 2016 (Accepted, in revision).

J. Lavoie, Y. Boyer, J. Dwyer, “Responding to health inequities: Indigenous health system innovations” Global Health Epidemiology and Genomics, Cambridge University Press, August 2016, e14, online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/gheg.2016.12.

D. Kornelsen, Y. Boyer, J. Dwyer, J. Lavoie “Reciprocal Accountability and Fiduciary Duty: Accountability Frameworks and the Federal Responsibility for Indigenous Health in New Zealand, Australia and Canada” (Submitted to Australian Indigenous Law Review) October 2015.

Vivian Welch; Janet Jull; Jennifer Petkovic; Rebecca Armstrong; Yvonne Boyer et al (2015) "Protocol for the development of a CONSORT-Equity guideline to improve reporting of health equity in randomized trials" Implementation Science 2015, 10:146 online: http://www.implementationscience.com/content/10/1/146.

Y.M. Boyer, M. Kampouris, “Trafficking of Aboriginal Women and Girls”, Public Safety Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, April 2014, online: http://iphrc.ca/news/dr-yvonne-boyer-and-peggy-kampouris-report-trafficking-of-aboriginal-women-and-girls.

Y.M. Boyer, “Using the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Advance and Protect the Inherent rights of First Nation, Metis and Inuit Peoples” In The Internationalization of Indigenous Rights: UNDRIP in the Canadian Context, edited by Terry Mitchell. CIGI Special Report. Waterloo, ON: CIGI (2014), online: online: http://www.cigionline.org/sites/default/files/indigenous_rights_special_report_web.pdf.

Y.M. Boyer (2010), “Comparative Analysis of Canadian Law, Aboriginal Law and European Civil Law Jurisdictions” Australian Indigenous Law Review, 2010, Vol. 14, No. 2.

W.D. McCaslin, Y.M. Boyer, (2009) First Nation Communities in Crisis: Justice and Security, The Journal of Aboriginal Health, National Aboriginal Health Organization, Volume 5, Issue 2.

Y.M. Boyer (2006), “First Nation, Métis and Inuit Women’s Health – A Constitutional Analysis” Discussion Paper Series #4, National Aboriginal Health Organization and the Native Law Centre of Canada (March 2006).

Y.M. Boyer (2004), “The International Right to Health for Indigenous Peoples in Canada” Discussion Paper Series #3, National Aboriginal Health Organization and the Native Law Centre of Canada (October 2004).

Y.M. Boyer (2004), “Aboriginal Health – The Crown’s Fiduciary Obligations” Discussion Paper Series #2, National Aboriginal Health Organization and the Native Law Centre of Canada (May 2004).

Y.M. Boyer (2003), “Aboriginal Health – A Constitutional Rights Analysis” Discussion Paper Series #1, National Aboriginal Health Organization and the Native Law Centre of Canada (June 2003).

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