Honorary Members


Richard Perrault Photo

AERF 2021 Honorary Member

The Late Richard Perrault

Research Forum Planning Committee Member, Planning Co-Chair

Richard worked on the Aboriginal Education Research Forum as Planning Co-Chair since 2014. His dedication and expertise on the Planning Committee was vital. As Co-Chair, Richard worked respectfully and collaboratively with committee members, Elders, community partners and presenters. We had every confidence in his organization and leadership skills to plan the annual forums, including the monitoring of the many administrative tasks and for its fiscal management, to name a few.

Richard was Metis and a proud member of the Metis Nation of Manitoba. During his employment with Manitoba Education's Indigenous Inclusion Directorate as Research Consultant since 2010, and before this with other branches within the department, Richard could be relied upon to deliver accurate, prompt statistics at a moment's notice. At the Directorate, Richard was responsible for a number of high-profile projects and initiatives where a flair for numbers and literary work was needed. Richard proved his talent and skill time and time again. As well, Richard affectionately became known as the "go-to-guy" when colleagues needed stats. Richard had a very witty sense of humour and most of all, a Big Heart.

Sadly, our beloved Richard left the physical world on August 23, 2019. We miss Richard and the passion he brought to "Shawane Dagosiwin".