Younging, Dewar, DeGagné


The editorial committee gratefully acknowledges the many contributors to this collection and their willingness to accept our invitation in the midst of pressures and pressing deadlines in their own personal and professional lives. Each of them worked graciously with our editorial team, and we are touched by the depth of their engagement and commitment to serving the needs of community and communities in Canada.

We also express a deep gratitude for the outstanding efforts of Aboriginal Healing Foundation staff. Flora Kallies, senior research officer, managed all aspects of the project with great aplomb and provided the layout and design for the volume. She was ably assisted in fact-checking and copy-editing by research officer Jane Hubbard’s similarly tireless efforts, with further assistance from Vanessa Stevens, research assistant. Jackie Brennan, executive assistant, handled the many pressing administrative details with her usual grace and efficiency. Working alongside each of them has been a pleasure.


Gregory Younging is a member of Opsakwayak Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the Institute of Canadian Studies at Carleton University and a Master of Publishing degree from the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University. He received his doctoral degree from the Department of Educational Studies at University of British Columbia.

Gregory has worked for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, Assembly of First Nations, and Native Women’s Association of Canada. From 1990 to 2003, he was Managing Editor of Theytus Books. He is now Coordinator of the Indigenous Studies Program at University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna. Gregory is a former member of Canada Council’s Aboriginal Arts Advisory Committee and the British Columbia Arts Council. He is currently Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus of Creator’s Rights Alliance.

Jonathan Dewar has served as Director of Research at the Aboriginal Healing Foundation since 2007 and is a past director of the Métis Centre at the National Aboriginal Health Organization. He has government and non-government research and policy experience on a variety of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis issues, including arts and wellness, language legislation and promotion, justice and crime prevention, youth social issues, education and literacy, and land claims. Jonathan was also the founding executive director of the Qaggiq Theatre Company in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Jonathan is proud of his mixed Canadian heritage, descended from Scottish, French, and Huron-Wendat ancestors. A wise man once told him that he should be sure to honour each of his grandparents, and Jonathan sees his work within the reconciliation effort as a fulfillment of that advice. Jonathan is the father of two beautiful girls and is presently completing his doctorate in Canadian Studies, focusing on art and reconciliation.

Mike DeGagné is founding Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, a national Aboriginal organization dedicated to addressing the legacy of Canada’s Indian residential school system. He has worked in the field of addiction and mental health for the past 25 years, first as a community worker on-reserve in northern Ontario and later with the Addiction Research Foundation, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, and the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program. With the federal government, he has been an executive manager in Aboriginal health and a land claims negotiator.

Mike lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on issues of Aboriginal health, residential schools, reconciliation, and governance. He is currently Vice-President of the Child Welfare League of Canada and past Chairman of the Queensway Carleton Hospital. He holds degrees in health and administration and a doctorate that focuses on Aboriginal post-secondary education.