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Elements of Indigenous Style provides guidelines to help writers, editors, and publishers produce material that reflects Indigenous people in an appropriate and respectful manner.

Gregory Younging, a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba, has been the managing editor of Theytus Books, the first Aboriginal-owned publishing house in Canada, for over 13 years. Elements of Indigenous Style evolved from the house style guide Gregory developed at Theytus in order to ensure content was consistent and respectful.

This guide contains:

  • A historical overview of the portrayal of Indigenous peoples in literature
  • Common errors and how to avoid them when writing about Indigenous peoples
  • Guidance on working in a culturally sensitive way
  • A discussion of problematic and preferred terminology
  • Suggestions for editorial guidelines

Gregory Younging

Gregory Younging is a Member of Opaskwayak Cree Nation in nothern Manitoba. He has an MA from Carleton University, a Master of Publishing degree from Simon Fraser University, and a PhD from the Department of Educational Studies at UBC. From 1990-2004, he was the managing editor of Theytus Books. Gregory is the former Assistant Director of Research for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and is currently on faculty with the Indigenous Studies Program at UBC Okanagan.