RICHARD I HARDY
Rick is a retired lawyer who practiced law for over 35 years and has been involved in the Mackenzie River Métis community for at least 60 years. He is Métis and has spent his life, from childhood, defending and advancing the rights of the Métis of the Northwest Territories, particularly those from the Mackenzie River District. He is no longer a member of a law society but is called upon, from time to time, by his people, up North, to provide guidance on difficult issues.
Rick was born and raised in the Mackenzie River District, and received his early education there. He went on to receive his LLB from the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan in 1981. He is a recipient of The Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community, and Canada. In addition, Rick is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Rick lives on Vancouver Island with his wife Maryann and their pets, and has three children and six grandchildren. Mǫ́lazha is his first book.