Richardson, Boyce

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Richardson, Boyce

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1928 -

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Boyce Richardson, journalist and filmaker, was born in New Zealand in 1928. He was married for 56 years to teacher and poet Shirley (Norton) Richardson (d. 2007). They had four children. He lives in Ottawa.

He began work as a journalist in New Zealand, then moved to Australia. He travelled in India, then moved to Britain, where he studied writing. He immigrated to Canada where he worked first for The Winnipeg Free Press and then for The Montreal Star. He was the Star's correspondent in London 1960-1968. He became a full-time freelancer in 1971. He wrote for National Film Board films. In these and the book Strangers Devour the Land (1976), he chronicled the assault on the hunting way of life of the Cree Indians of Quebec.

He co-won a 1961 National Newspaper Award for a series of articles on Canada and the European Economic Community. His film Cree Hunter of Mistassini won the British Society for Film and Television Arts Flaherty Award in 1974 and a Melbourne Film Festival Special Award. Other awards include a Golden Apple at the 1990 U.S. National Educational Film and Video Festival and a 1990 Red Ribbon Award at the American Film and Video Festival for Super-Companies. He was invested a Member of the Order of Canada in 2002.

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Created by the Records Management and Archives Department 2010-09. Input by Concordia University Libraries 2015-06-18.

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