Gregory Younging was a member of Opsakwayak Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. Holding a master of arts degree in Northern and Native studies from Carleton University, a master’s degree in Publishing from Simon Fraser University, and a PhD in Educational Studies from UBC, Younging devoted his career to righting history and elevating the cultural contributions of First Nations in Canada through his writing and teaching.
Gregory worked for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He served as managing editor of Theytus Books - the first Indigenous-owned publishing house in Canada from 1990 to 2004, before taking on the role of publisher in 2015. In 2007, he joined UBC Okanagan’s department of Community, Culture and Global Studies (CCGS) as an assistant professor, where he was key in the development of the Indigenous Studies program.
Participants of the Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires (PC/Cp) 2017 Gathering were invited to join the roundtable to discuss a particular question that involved reflecting on their own artistic practices, personal histories