Richard is married and has 6 children, the two youngest are still at home, the rest are pursuing post-secondary educational studies. Richard is currently completing his British Columbia Teacher Certification through Faculty of Education at UBC.
After a tenure with the Manitoba Dept. of Corrections, Richard attended the RCMP Training Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan; he was later posted throughout the Province of British Columbia where he would spend many productive years in First Nations Community Policing. For his work on the Organizing Committees for the 1997 APEC Conference and the 2001 Summit of the Americas, Richard was awarded two Prime Minister's Commendation for Service. In 2002, Richard was a founding member of the Sacred Wolf Native Friendship Centre in Port Hardy, BC. The Centre, which still operates today provides child protection, healing, and mental wellness services for the surrounding Indigenous communities.
During his lengthy career in First Nations policing, Richard and his family relocated numerous time across Canada; he spent much of his free time volunteering as a firefighter in both Fort St. James and Takla Landing before finally retiring in 2008 to pursue teaching full time.
In the fall of 2012, Richard was offered a teaching position in a remote First Nations community of St. Theresa's Point in northern Manitoba; he accepted the position, taught the Police Foundations Course; many of his graduates went on to join the Island Lake Tribal Police Force. He returned to UBC with his family in the fall of 2013 and continued his studies in Indigenous Education.
In the fall of 2015, Richard decided to pursue his passion for teaching at the K-12 level, he applied to the Faculty of Education University of British Columbia, he was accepted into the B.Ed./NITEP (Native Indian Teachers Education Program) where he is currently completing his Graduate Studies as Teacher Candidate.