Hello! I’m Cathy

Dr. Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao is a counsellor specializing in violence prevention and recovery.  She is currently living on the territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation in Montreal, where she is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Montreal.  Dr. Richardson is a co-founder of the Centre for Response-Based Practice.  Her most recent research project include a study on Metis identity in Quebec and Indigenous women’s experience in sharing their stories in public forums, such as government inquiries and commissions. Cathy has a leadership role in a number of research organizations, including the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative With Vulnerable Populations.  She is a Health Canada provider for the intergenerational survivors of residential school internment.


Cathy has two recent book publications “Belonging Metis” and “Calling our families home:  Metis experiences with child welfare.”  She is Metis with Cree, Dene and Gwichin ancestry and with links to Red River.  She is involved in Aboriginal community projects and was a twice delegate to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

My Education

  • Ph.D in Child & Youth Care, University of Victoria 
  • Masters in Counselling Psychology, University of Victoria
  • Post-degree Professional Program in High School Education, University of Victoria
  • BA in French & Political Science, University of Victoria

My Experience

  • Associate professor in social work, Université de Montreal and University of Victoria.
  • High school teacher in french immersion, British-Columbia Public School System.
  • Community counselling and private practice, British-Columbia, Quebec & Yukon.
  • Child Protection, Safety planning. (Islands of safety, Ministry of Children & Family Development, B-C.)
  • International trainer for Response Based Practice.

My Certifications and Awards

  • 2019 Indigenous Practice Award of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association
  • BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
  • Registered Health Canada Provider For Indigenous Clients
  • Co-founder for Center for Response Based Practice

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