From the Seven Generations Education Institute Press Release ...
Order of Canada Recipient passes away at the age of 80
Dr. Richard Lyons, an outstanding and prominent community Elder and a long time resident of Thunder Bay passed away peacefully on March 21, 2004.
"He will be a great loss not only to the Aboriginal community, but to all citizens of Thunder Bay," stated Mark Sault, Director of Seven Generations Education Institute where Richard was the spiritual and cultural advisor since 1992. "His vision for helping young people will continue as our job is to carry out that work", he stated.
He was a friend to many and he will be dearly missed by all those who knew him. Richard was known as a champion for preserving the Anishnabe culture, for his teachings about Native spirituality and promoting understanding of the traditional beliefs. He made a significant impact among the Aboriginal community through his devotion for the advancement of the Anishnabe way of understanding life. Throughout his life, he contributed to many organizations promoting and teaching about the cultural values and traditions of his people.