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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Cameron (1922-2009)

Aboriginal leader.

Born at Swan Lake on 4 June 1922, he was Chief of the Swan Lake First Nation in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He 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. He eventually returned to Swan Lake and was elected as a Band Councillor, serving on DOTC Child and Family Services, a trustee with the Pembina Hills School Division, and trustee on the Swan Lake First Nation Treaty Land Entitlement. In 1970, he received a medal from Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to The Pas and his community service was recognized in 2002 with a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. He died at Swan Lake on 27 January 2009.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 January 2009.

“The ’09 honour roll,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 2010, page H3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 April 2016

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