Remembering Dr. Gregory Younging
We at Brush Education offer our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Gregory Younging, Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Greg passed away on May 3, 2019 after a brief illness. We were grateful to know him and work with him, and we are so sorry that he is gone. Greg distinguished himself as a poet, scholar, author and publisher, and he was much loved as a father, son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend.
Greg's work at Theytus Books, the first Indigenous-owned publishing house in Canada, leaves a legacy and model for others in book publishing to follow. As an educator, Greg opened the eyes and minds of students, editors and publishers to their roles in the essential project of reconciliation. As the Assistant Director of Research for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, he devoted his talents, energies and spirit to the very difficult work of uncovering and bearing witness to historic wrongs that continue to resonate in the lives of survivors and their descendants.
We at Brush were honoured to work with Greg on Elements of Indigenous Style, a landmark book that has already initiated a new level of attention to the ways in which writers and publishers can and should reflect respect for Indigenous Peoples in their writing. We will deeply miss Greg's wisdom and kindness, and we are grateful to be able to help keep Greg's words and spirit alive in the world.