Canadian Human Rights Commission welcomes Valerie Richer as part-time Commissioner

November 23, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Human Rights Commission

The Canadian Human Rights Commission is pleased to welcome Valerie Richer, by Order in Council, as a part-time Commissioner for a three-year term.

Valerie Richer is a lawyer, mediator, and former Chief of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.

Ms. Richer has dedicated her career to working in human rights and on social justice issues. She was previously legal counsel at the Indian Claims Commission and the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and also served as a former member of the Human Rights Tribunal for Ontario.

Ms. Richer has also served as Strategic Advisor to the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). She worked closely with stakeholders and First Nation governments when they first became included the Canadian Human Rights Act as a result of the repeal of Section 67 of the Act.

She is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa and has a Bachelor of Arts from Laurentian University. She is also a current member of the Indigenous Bar Association and the Law Society of Ontario.

As part-time member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Ms. Richer is now part of the team of Commissioners who render decisions on how to treat human rights complaints in federal jurisdiction.

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