Miles Richardson receives Order of Canada

  • Apr. 11, 2008 6:00 p.m.

Haida leader Miles Richardson was in Ottawa Friday for a ceremony marking his appointment as an officer of the Order of Canada. Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean honoured 43 Canadians with the order, which is the country’s highest civilian award, at Rideau Hall. The Governor General’s office said Mr. Richardson’s dedication to the advancement of aboriginal rights has benefited not only the Haida Nation, but Canada’s First Nations community as a whole. A former president of the Council of the Haida Nation, Mr. Richardson’s efforts led to the creation of Gwaii Haanas, and his work on the BC Treaty Commission helped create a process for the resolution of aboriginal land claims. Mr. Richardson was also chair of the Gwaii Trust Society for nine years, until 2006. Joining Mr. Richardson at the ceremony were other well-known Canadians like Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci, rocker Tom Cochrane and author Alistair MacLeod.