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. Personal Information First Name * Last Name * Pronouns (Optional)
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Phone Biography (maximum 500 words) *
Please provide some information about yourself. What writing, editing, and publishing experience do you have? What genres or formats do you specialize in? How are you connected to your Indigenous community or communities and culture?
Community Affiliations *
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What languages do you work in? *
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What services do you provide? *
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Indigenous Editors Association (IEA) Positions
The IEA is seeking nominations for Council, an elected body of volunteers which will govern the IEA and replace the current Interim Directors. We first invite nominations from past Indigenous Editing Circle organizers and attendees, and if/when necessary, we will expand our call for nominations to include new members. Elections to Council will be held in 2020 and all members will be eligible to vote.
Did you attend any of the 2014, 2015, or 2017 Indigenous Editors Circles (IEC) or the 2017 Editing Indigenous Manuscripts workshop? * If you would like to nominate someone else who attended the IEC or the Editing Indigenous Manuscripts workshop, please provide their name below. Would you wish to be called upon as a potential instructor for future IEA events or programs? Membership Fees and Payment Instructions
The fee for membership in the Indigenous Editors Association is $10/year (CAD). Please contact us if this fee is a barrier for you. Your application will be processed as soon as possible after we receive your fee payment. If your membership application is accepted, your next payment will become due 12 months after the date we send you confirmation.
Membership - 1 Year *
$ 10.00 Agreement *
The information provided will be shared with members of the IEA Council for the sole purpose of determining membership eligibility and that this information will be kept under strict confidence. I understand additional information may be requested of me in order to determine membership eligibility. 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.