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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, 192, 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 supercede 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 t take an interest in, and safeguard and support, the cultural integrity of Indigenous editors.
  11. 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 envisionsĀ Canadian publishers that will:

  1. respond responsibly to feedback about publications that are offensive to Indigenous readers;
  2. undergo Indigenous cultural sensitivity to 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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