Celebrating the life of Graeme Gibson

Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson and pictured speaking at an event in Albuquerque in 2009.

The Council of Canadians mourns the passing of Graeme Gibson, author, educator, activist, friend and founding member our of organization. Gibson passed away on September 18, 2019.

“Graeme was a fighter for environmental justice and for the planet. His passion for the natural world informed his life’s work,” said Maude Barlow, Honorary Chair of the Council of Canadians. “We will miss him very much.”

In addition to his environmental activism, Gibson was a passionate advocate for writers and writing. He served as the past president of PEN Canada and a founding member of both the Writers' Union of Canada and the Writers' Trust of Canada, a non-profit literary organization that seeks to encourage Canada's writing community.

In 1992, Gibson was invited as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of his life’s work.

Along with his partner, Margaret Atwood, Gibson advocated for the environment, for nature and wildlife, and for a healthy planet. He, along with other prominent Canadians, endorsed an action in 2011 on Parliament Hill in protest of the planned Keystone XL pipeline. More than 100 people faced arrest at the event in a show of solidarity against fossil fuel expansion.

The Council of Canadians extends sympathies to Gibson's family and friends. Please join us in honouring the life of our dear friend Graeme Gibson.