Greg Younging Publishing Award Endowment

The Greg Younging Publishing Award Endowment was established on May 5, 2021 to honour Dr. Gregory Younging, the first Indigenous graduate of the Master of Publishing (MPub) program. The endowment will create a fully-funded opportunity for an Indigenous student to complete the MPub degree at Simon Fraser University.

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It was during his studies at SFU that Greg began his work on what would become the influential book, Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guidebook for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples. The guide is fast becoming a staple for writers, editors, and publishers throughout North America.

“Greg was a huge presence in publishing in Canada. We worked very closely with him here at SFU and following his passing on May 3, 2019 we knew we wanted to establish something lasting that would further his life’s work, which was to build a stronger Indigenous publishing infrastructure in Canada. Greg was very aware of the opportunities that education can provide, and we hope this endowment will be one of those opportunities. Having the support of publishers from across the country has been affirming. We are thrilled to announce today our first multi-year commitment: a three-year, $45,000 donation from Penguin Random House of Canada," said Suzanne Norman, industry liaison of the SFU Publishing Program.

The endowment will be built over the next three years, with the goal of welcoming the first award recipient in fall, 2025.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Norman:

For other inquires on how to support the Greg Younging Endowment, please contact Natalie

Visit SFU's Advancement and Alumni Engagement page to learn more.

The Greg Younging Undergraduate Award

The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC), in partnership with our Publishing Program, has established an undergraduate award to help support the training of emerging Indigenous publishers in Canada.

Find ways to support the Greg Younging Undergraduate Award in Publishing Studies via the SFU Advancement and Alumni Engagement page.  

Congratulations to Alex Krilow, a third-year Communications and Publishing student who is the first-ever recipient of this award! Read more about the award here.

The Greg Younging Conversation 2024

In celebration of Greg’s work and his life, the Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing and the SFU Publishing Program launched The Greg Younging Conversation in 2021

This annual event celebrates all aspects of Greg’s work from poetry to music to building toward a robust and thriving Indigenous publishing industry in Canada. 

We are pleased to welcome our esteemed guest Lorena Sekwan Fontaine, Head of Indigenous Studies at the University of Manitoba and cousin to Greg, who will join SFU Indigenous scholar Deanna Reder at the Conversation this year. 

The Greg Younging Conversation 2023

On Wednesday, May 3, 2023, award-winning Nisga'a author Jordan Abel and esteemed settler scholar, Sophie McCall, came together to pay tribute to Dr. Gregory Younging, and discuss his life's work and his advocacy in strenghtening and amplifying Indigenous voices. 

The Greg Younging Conversation 2022

On Thursday, May 5, 2022, Cree-Métis academic Deanna Reder, joined us for another memorable evening where she interviewed Warren Cariou, Professor at the University of Manitoba, about his work as an Indigenous editor in Canada, including his work with Dr. Greg Younging in the Aboriginal Editors Circle. Watch here.

The Greg Younging Conversation 2021

On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in honour of the late Cree Editor Dr. Gregory Younging, Cree-Métis academic Deanna Reder interviewed Syilx writer and Canada Research Chair Jeannette Armstrong about her memories working with Greg in the 1990s and the legacy he has left behind. Watch here


Dr Greg Younging (Photo Credit: Suzanne Norman)

Dr. Greg Younging was a nationally and internationally renowned expert on Indigenous publishing and a tireless voice and advocate for raising Indigenous voices in Canada. To learn more about him and his incredible legacy, download our official press release