After finishing high school and spending a few years in the work force, Al Ducharme enrolled in the Indian Metis Project for Action Careers in Teacher Education (IMPACTE) at Brandon University and graduated in 1977. After graduation, he taught at Timber Bay School for four years.
Mr. Ducharme received a sabbatical leave to further his education and completed a Bachelor of Education and Science at Brandon University. He returned to Timber Bay where he worked as a principal and teacher for five years.
He then moved to La Ronge to work as the Indian Studies professor for NORTEP (The Northern Teachers Education Program). It was during this time that he completed his Masters Degree in Education and became the Director of NORTEP. He worked at there for eight years.
Mr. Ducharme was then offered the opportunity to apply for the position of Executive Director of the Prince Albert Grand Council. He had held that position until September 2003. Since that time he has worked as an Aboriginal Issues Consultant.
He has made many friends throughout Northern Saskatchewan over the past 27 years.
Mr. Ducharme comes from a family of ten brothers and sisters. He is Metis, with Cree, Ojibwe and French ancestry.
Mr. Ducharme married Lorna in 1977 and they have two children, Evan and Ellen.