Workshop: Elements of Indigenous Style

Please note: THE EVENT IS NOW FULL AND REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, you may come Friday at 11:45 and we will do our best to accommodate you, but we can’t guarantee you will get a seat.

AELAQ Presents a Book Talk and Workshop
Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous People
With Gregory Younging
Moderated by Lindsay Nixon
April 13th, 12 PM
Atwater Library Auditorium, 1200 Ave. Atwater
FREE; Please register by emailing admin [at] aelaq [dot] org

Gregory Younging will take participants through the topics in his new book, Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous People, which offers guidance on producing material that employs Indigenous-based editorial practices and concerns, and that reflects Indigenous people and their voices in an appropriate and respectful manner.

Non-editorial publishing staff (e.g, marketing, publicity, and sales) will also find this session valuable for building their awareness of communicating in a culturally sensitive manner.

Participants will gain:

  • A historical overview of the portrayal of Indigenous peoples in literature
  • An understanding of common errors and how to avoid them when writing about Indigenous peoples
  • Guidance on working in a culturally sensitive way
  • An awareness of problematic and preferred terminology
  • Suggestions for editorial guidelines and other resources available

The talk will be followed by a conversation with Lindsay Nixon and an audience Q&A.

Gregory Younging is a Member of Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba. He has a Master of Arts degree from the Institute of Canadian Studies at Carleton University, a Master of Publishing degree from the Canadian Centre for Studies in Writing and Publishing at Simon Fraser University, and a PhD from the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. From 1990 to 2004, Gregory was the managing editor of Theytus Books. He 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 University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Lindsay Nixon is a Cree-Métis-Saulteaux curator, editor, award nominated writer, and art history grad student. They currently hold the position of Indigenous Editor at Large for Canadian Art. Nixon’s writing has appeared in Malahat Review, Room, GUTS, Mice, esse, The Inuit Art Quarterly, Teen Vogue, and other publications. Their forthcoming creative non-fiction collection, nîtisânak, is to be released in fall 2018 through Metonymy Press.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Atwater Library auditorium, which is located on the second floor, up two flights of stairs. We regret that the library does not have an elevator. In addition to a multi-stall women’s washroom, there is a single-stall gender-neutral washroom next to the auditorium. For further accessibility inquiries, please contact admin [at] aelaq [dot] org.

This event is taking place on the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka.

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