Kenn Richard’s family comes from one of Manitoba’s oldest Metis settlements, St Francis Xavier situated approximately 15 miles west of Winnipeg on the banks of the Assiniboine River. Moving to Toronto in 1978, he became one of the original founders of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. In 1988 he became the agency’s first Executive Director and remains in that position today. Mr. Richard is also a sessional lecturer at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, teaching Intercultural practices to MSW and doctoral candidates. He received both a BSW and a MSW from the University of Manitoba with a specialty in community development. He has held a number of positions in his professional life in such areas as child protection, residential treatment, community development and labor relations as well as contributes to many regional and national initiatives on Native and Children’s issues.