Originally from Latvia, Herta Richter came to Canada with her family when she was still a child. She grew up on a farm in Alberta, where she attended high school and then began nurse's training. She received her RN in 1955. In her 31-year nursing career, she served in many remote areas of the North including the Peigan Reserve at Brocket, Alberta, Fort Liard and communities on the McKenzie River in the North West Territories as well as Whitehorse and Old Crow in the Yukon Territory.
Herta was always an active gardener and participated in community activities. She collected traditional handicrafts and encouraged local people to practice these arts. From her diaries at the Yukon Archives it appears she 'moonlighted', acquiring and selling these handicrafts both locally (to pilots, in fly-in communities) and through Hudson Bay Company outlets located in other parts of the north.
After her retirement in 1986, she lived in Whitehorse, and held memberships in many organizations. She died in 1993.
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