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.