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RICHARD CAMERON

RICHARD CAMERON Born: June 4, 1922 at Swan Lake, Manitoba Passed Away: January 27, 2009 at Swan Lake, Manitoba Surrounded by family, beloved by many, Richard Cameron left to the spirit world. Richard leaves to mourn his wife of 55 years, Elsie Cameron and his children, Joyce Stevenson; Rita Stevenson; Betty-Ann Soldier (Larry); Dennis (Donna Meeches); Bob; Claudia (Rudy Daniels); Ruth (Wally Gale); Tommy-Joe (Arnetta Ironshirt), his only surviving brother Donald Cameron, his special friends, Morgan Cameron, Carol Smith and Viola McKay. He also leaves behind 24 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grand-children. Richard was predeceased by his sons, Ricky, Norman and Floyd; daughter Karen; his parents, John and Mary Cameron; sons-in-law, Harvey Stevenson and Donald Stevenson; and brothers, John, Tom, Sam, Wallace, Frank, Tony, Dave and Hector. Richard was a man of extraordinary accomplishment and wisdom. After surviving Residential School, he worked throughout his life advocating for Anishinabe people. As Chief of Swan Lake First Nation in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he bore witness to the most tumultuous times for First Nation peoples in our country. Richard was a founding Chief of Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council (DOTC) of Manitoba, the first Tribal Council established in Canada. He then moved to Winnipeg and worked as a Court Communicator with the Native Clan organization. In 1981 he took additional training to work as a Probation Officer with DOTC, a program that was the first of its kind. Richard eventually moved back to Swan Lake and was elected as a Band Councillor. As a council member, he sat on numerous boards such as DOTC Child and Family Services, Trustee on Pembina Hills School Division and Trustee on Swan Lake First Nation Treaty Land Entitlement. Richard was honoured in 2002 with a Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for his quality as a leader and compassionate individual. This medal sat in a place of honour with the medal he received personally from Queen Elizabeth II in The Pas, Manitoba in 1970. The family would like to thank the staff, caregivers and doctors at the Swan Lake Community Hospital and Sioux Valley Oyate Lodge for their exceptional care of Richard. Traditional Wake will be conducted at the Swan Lake First Nations Community Hall on Friday, January 30, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. Funeral services Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. Audaces fortuna iuvat

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on January 30, 2009

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