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Indigenous people who work with stories: Apply to become a member of the IEA! Fill out the form below, or click the Download button to download the form as a fillable Word doc.

The Indigenous Editors Association (IEA) connects and supports Indigenous people who work with stories. In our diverse roles—as editors, proofreaders, knowledge keepers, Indigenous language and culture experts, designers, and publishing professionals—we aim to strategize, share, and learn together. We believe Indigenous stories and traditional knowledge must be approached with Indigenous community-focused editing practices, employed with care by Indigenous editors. We will take part in publishing and storytelling on our terms and with the needs of our communities in the centre of the circle. We hope to share our stories in a good way with each other and the world—the stories that created us and the ones that heal us.

Indigenous Editors Association Membership Application

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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Membership Fee Information

The annual fee for membership in the Indigenous Editors Association is $10.00 (Canadian dollars), plus applicable taxes. If your application for membership is accepted, you will receive an email with instructions for paying the membership fee and for registering on our website. (Please contact us if this fee is a barrier for you.) You will have the option to pay by credit card online at; there will be a small service fee. If you need to pay by cheque, please contact us.
The information provided will be shared with members of the IEA Council for the sole purpose of determining membership eligibility. This information will be kept under strict confidence.
I understand additional information may be requested of me in order to determine membership eligibility. I agree to the terms of payment. If my application is accepted, I understand that my membership may be terminated if I am found to not meet the conditions of membership according to the bylaws of the IEA.