At the 2015 Indigenous Editors Circle, participants developed draft guiding principles for working with Indigenous authors and editors in Canada.
- Respectful representation of Indigenous Peoples in published books is a right protected by Section 35 of Canada’s Constitution Act, 192, and by Article 31 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
- Literatures by Indigenous authors and about Indigenous Peoples ought to be edited by Indigenous editors.
- Ethical principles about Indigenous cultural heritage ownership ought to supercede copyright laws.
- Indigenous communities have collective ownership over their Traditional Knowledge.
- The publication of a book is all about clearly defined, transparent, respectful relationships.
- Indigenous authors are not necessarily bound by the conventions of established literary genres.
- It is the responsibility of the editor and therefore the publisher to mentor emerging Indigenous writers where possible.
- Ceremony is a potential resource for building collaborative relationships built on sacred trust.
- Vetting, reviewing, and consultation regarding Indigenous content needs to be by an Indigenous person.
- Publishing houses need t take an interest in, and safeguard and support, the cultural integrity of Indigenous editors.
- Any textbook containing Indigenous content currently used in a Canadian school must be approved by the Indigenous Editors Association.
- 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:
- respond responsibly to feedback about publications that are offensive to Indigenous readers;
- undergo Indigenous cultural sensitivity to training;
- recruit and retain Indigenous editors to publish and develop Indigenous authors;
- 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
- respect the localities and diversities of place, language, sexual orientation, and multiple genders.