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Winnipeg activist Mary Richard dies

Mary Richard, seen here in a September 2009 photo, died on Thursday.  (United Way)  Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2010/09/09/man-richard-obit-winnipeg.html#ixzz0zdVCeWN8
A respected Winnipeg social advocate who championed aboriginal rights died Thursday afternoon.
Mary Richard was undergoing treatment following a kidney transplant in a city hospital. She was in her early 70's

Richard, who was named a member of the Order of Manitoba a decade ago, was the first executive director of Thunderbird House. The organization became a social-outreach centre under her guidance after it opened in 2000.

The community elder was also involved with the Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg and the Indian and M├ętis Friendship Centre. Wayne Helgason of Winnipeg's Social Planning Council said Richard's legacy started at the Friendship Centre. "Mary was the most vibrant executive director at a time when there was very little aboriginal organizational capacity in Winnipeg ... She started as the janitor basically."

Richard was also a key part of a task force examining social problems in Winnipeg's aboriginal community.

Richard twice ran for public office at the federal and provincial levels.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2010/09/09/man-richard-obit-winnipeg.html#socialcomments#ixzz0zdO8qqxB

Last Updated (Wednesday, 15 September 2010 15:28)