SALTER, Richard - Social justice activist, lawyer, negotiator, helpmate, parent, life partner, Zaidie and friend, this "little Jewish boy from College Street" (his words) Rick Salter, passed away September 20, 2021.
As a young adult in SDS, he led protests against the war in Vietnam, and then in 1969, he returned to Canada to became Director of Recruitment for the Company of Young Canadians. He then joined with Stan Daniels, Maria Campbell, Harold Cardinal and others in their organizations in Alberta.
After a brief time in England, he taught Sociology at Capilano College and in Lillooet.
His work continued through many years with the law firm Pape, Salter, Teillet to bring about fundamental change in the relationships between First Nations & Metis and governments. Together with Dave Joe and Vic Mitander, he negotiated new treaties, constitutions, laws and contracts for land claims and self-government, thus changing the face of the Yukon Territory forever.
Together with John B. Zoe, Bertha Rabesca, Ted Blondin, Eddie Erasmus, James Wahshee and the Elders, he did the same with the Tlicho in the NWT, helping to build the Tlicho Nation and Self-Government and securing recognition of Tlicho Lands.
He also worked with Jean Teillet to help build the Metis Nation of Ontario.
His animating view was his hatred of colonialism.
Rick always sought truth and provided warmth, clear-thinking and support. His commitment to social justice, nuclear disarmament and environmental justice never faltered; his love for his family, his friends and co-workers never waivered.
He is survived by his wife Liora, his three children April (Cliff), Colin (Samantha) and Ammon (Orietta), six grandchildren: Elijah, Kolya, Eva, Suki, Giacomo and Scarlett and his sister Bonnie. He was predeceased by his brother Gary.
A Family graveside service will be held on Thursday, September 23rd.
Donations in Richard's memory may be made to any Social Justice charity of your choice.