Having worked in the field of education for 15 years, Rupert has a wide range of teaching experiences such as band and public school teacher, Montessori educator, community college and university instructor. In addition, he has developed curriculum and workshops in the fields of health and human services at the University of British Columbia as well as cultural competency workshops with not-for-profit organizations. This includes Indigenous health and healing modalities, history and cross-cultural awareness seminars. He has also been involved with various research projects that focussed on health, justice and education systems as they relate to Indigenous Peoples.
Currently a PhD candidate at UBC, Rupert’s research and community engagement centres around intergenerational healing, decolonization and post-secondary education. His work strives to create better working relationships for all peoples in what is now known as Canada. Rupert supports many Indigenous communities and Nations with their healing throughout Turtle Island. He is a father of two and a proud member of the Quatsino First Nation. His family also comes from the Nuxalk Nation located throughout the Bella Coola Valley and his father is an enrolled tribal member of the St. Croix Chippewa Tribes.
What others are saying about Rupert:
"Rupert is an excellent facilitator. He is skilled at creating brave space and invites us to ask questions, share experiences and be real. I feel supported and encouraged to step into this important work armed with knowledge and a deeper understanding of the history of colonialism and its legacy. Thank you Rupert." A. • Simon Fraser University
"Rupert was a fantastic facilitator. He was personable, engaging, authentic and knowledgeable. The course was the perfect blend of history and material with personal history and experience!" M. K. • Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
"A very informative and personal training session. Rupert was very knowledgeable, and his presentation style is engaging and entertaining. Highly recommend this type of training for any organization." C. • Recycle BC
"Rupert Richardson was extremely knowledgeable, intelligent, personable, engaging and had an excellent sense of humour. He was able to answer some complicated questions quickly and completely. I feel that I have a much better understanding of Indigenous Peoples, historical events effecting Indigenous Peoples, relevant policies and how to communicate more effectively. Rupert did a fine job dispelling some of the common myths/perceptions about Indigenous Peoples relating to taxation, reserve lands, and housing. I highly recommend this training!" Transportation Canada
"Rupert created a safe environment for the participants in education. We were able to engage in learning discussions to build knowledge so that we are more confident in building meaningful relationships with our Indigenous students, parents, Elders, Métis Senators, organizations and communities." D. C. • Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir