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Indigenous people who work with stories are invited to apply for IEA membership! Benefits include a listing in our Members’ Directory and access to our Jobs Board (both coming soon in Fall 2020), as well as the ability to take part in future programming (for example, an upcoming webinar series) and the right to vote in Association business.

Becoming a member is a two-step process. Please read all of the information on this page before applying. After applying, please allow our volunteers 2 to 4 weeks to respond. If you require assistance or clarification with any of these steps, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Step 1: Application

At this stage, we ask you for minimal information. If your initial application is approved, you’ll move on to Step 2. You can apply in one of the following two ways:

  • To apply online: Fill out the online application form at the bottom of this page.
  • To apply using Microsoft Word: Click the button below to download the application form as a Microsoft Word document.

Step 2: Registration and Payment

If your application is successful, you will receive an email letting you know that your application has been approved pending Registration and Payment. The email will contain links and instructions to do so. Here’s what to expect:

  • To register, you’ll be provided with a link to an online form. You’ll be asked to create a username and password, provide a short bio, and confirm your community affiliations and the services you provide. You’ll also have the option to provide links to your website, social media, and other information. After registration, you will be able to login and edit your public information at any time.
  • To pay, you’ll be provided with a link to an online payment form on our website. The annual fee is $10 (Canadian) plus applicable taxes and fees. If this fee is a barrier, please contact us.

Online Application Form

Indigenous Editors Association Membership Application

GUIDING PRINCIPLES
At the 2015 Indigenous Editors Circle, participants developed draft guiding principles for working with Indigenous authors and editors in Canada.

1. Respectful representation of Indigenous Peoples in published books is a right protected by Section 35 of Canada’s Constitution Act, 1982, and by Article 31 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

2. Literatures by Indigenous authors and about Indigenous Peoples ought to be edited by Indigenous editors.

3. Ethical principles about Indigenous cultural heritage ownership ought to supersede copyright laws.

4. Indigenous communities have collective ownership over their Traditional Knowledge.

5. The publication of a book is all about clearly defined, transparent, respectful relationships.

6. Indigenous authors are not necessarily bound by the conventions of established literary genres.

7. It is the responsibility of the editor and therefore the publisher to mentor emerging Indigenous writers where possible.

8. Ceremony is a potential resource for building collaborative relationships built on sacred trust.

9. Vetting, reviewing, and consultation regarding Indigenous content needs to be by an Indigenous person.

10. Publishing houses need to take an interest in, and safeguard and support, the cultural integrity of Indigenous editors.

11. [As of Spring 2020, we plan to revise the following principle to reflect our capacity:] Any textbook containing Indigenous content currently used in a Canadian school must be approved by the Indigenous Editors Association.

12. Teams of reviewers and vetters must include culturally competent members.

The Indigenous Editors Circle recommends setting aside a specific portion of public funding for writers to support Indigenous writers.

The Indigenous Editors Circle envisions Canadian publishers that will:

1. respond responsibly to feedback about publications that are offensive to Indigenous readers;
2. undergo Indigenous cultural sensitivity training;
3. recruit and retain Indigenous editors to publish and develop Indigenous authors;
4. provide career guidance to new Indigenous authors, mindful of the potential responsibilities of authors to provide public readings in home communities that might be far away; and
5. respect the localities and diversities of place, language, sexual orientation, and multiple genders.

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