New Book Explores Aboriginal Health

June 24, 2014

BRANDON, MB – An internationally-recognized voice in Indigenous health and the law at Brandon University (BU) is launching a new book today; an historical examination of Canadian legal regimes and their negative impacts on the health of Aboriginal peoples.

Dr. Yvonne Boyer, CRC Aboriginal Health and Welness, Brandon University (web), 2014Dr. Yvonne Boyer, BU’s Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Health and Wellness, has written Moving Aboriginal Health Forward: Discarding Canada’s Legal Barriers, a comprehensive review of health statistical data, historical practices, and legal principles that have developed in Canadian law as they apply to Aboriginal peoples.

“There is a clear connection between the health of individuals and the legal regime under which they live,” says Dr. Boyer, a member of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan, former nurse, and practicing lawyer. “Unfortunately, this legal regime is one of the determinants of health we see today.”

Dr. Boyer outlines how previous commitments – including 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 within Canadian society.

“Accessible, quality health care is a basic right for all Canadians,” says Dr. Bruce Strang, BU’s Dean of Arts, “yet Yvonne’s research highlights an historic, uneven application of that right. Her book should be a ‘must-read’ for policy-makers moving forward.”

Book Cover, Dr. Yvonne Boyer, Brandon University 2014 (web)Moving Aboriginal Health Forward: Discarding Canada’s Legal Barriers is available at:

Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship; educating students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Yvonne Boyer
Canada Research Chair

Glen Kirby
Communications Officer