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By Laurie Milne April 9, 2020 - 11:15am

Sad to see that Boyce Richardson, an author, filmmaker, and journalist has passed away.

When I first began instructing Contemporary Indian Issues in Canada as it was called in 1976, I   was introduced to  a series of  Richardson's documentary films on the James Bay Crees:  Job's Garden, Cree Hunters of Mistassini, Our Land is Our Life and Flooding Job's Garden.  In over 40 years of college teaching they remained some of the best film studies that I used.  My students also benefitted from his books: Strangers Devour the  Land, People of Terra Nullius: Betrayal, and Rebirth in Aboriginal Canada.

A native New Zealander, Boyce Richardson came to Canada in 1954 and made his mark working as a journalist in Northern Ontario and Northern Quebec.  He has been described as a 'voice in the wilderness' for Aboriginal people and issues.