Elements of Indigenous Style

Elements of Indigenous Style

by Gregory Younging
  • critically-acclaimed
  • diversity
  • indigenous
  • reference

Elements of Indigenous Style offers Indigenous writers and editors — and everyone creating works about Indigenous Peoples — the first published guide to common questions and issues of style and process. Everyone working in words or other media needs to read this important new reference, and to keep it nearby while they’re working.

This guide features:

- Twenty-two succinct style principles.
- Advice on culturally appropriate publishing practices, including how to collaborate with Indigenous Peoples, when and how to seek the advice of Elders, and how to respect Indigenous Oral Traditions and Traditional Knowledge.
- Terminology to use and to avoid.
- Advice on specific editing issues, such as biased language, capitalization, and quoting from historical sources and archives.
- Case studies of projects that illustrate best practices.


Gregory Younging, author

Gregory Younging, a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba, is the publisher of Theytus Books, the first Indigenous-owned publishing house in Canada. Elements of Indigenous Style began as the house style Gregory developed at Theytus. Gregory also teaches in the Indigenous Studies Program of the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, and he served as assistant director of research to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.


  • This guide respects and affirms the Indigenous Right to cultural expression, property, and distribution, and it aims to strengthen future publishing practices of writing by and about Indigenous Peoples. - Mackenzie Ground, The Capilano Review
  • These [Indigenous style] principles are clear and useful for writers, editors and publishers, as well as enlightening for readers. - Sue Archer, The Editors' Weekly, official blog of Canada's national editorial association Link to review
  • As a good style guide should, "Elements of Indigenous Style" provides answers for common and uncommon questions editors, publishers, and writer might have. - The Editing Company Blog Link to review


  • Shortlisted, 2019 Alberta Book Awards, Scholarly and Academic

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Brush Education

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website: https://www.brusheducation.ca/

rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 168

publication date: 02/15/2018

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book