Gathering Knowledges to Inform Best Practices in Indigenous Publishing

  • Rachel Taylor Independent Scholar
Keywords: publishing, editing, Indigenous, literatures, storytelling, protocols

Abstract

Indigenous community members—including Elders, storytellers, writers, poets, artists, scholars, activists, editors, and publishers—have worked for decades to increase Indigenous representation in publishing. They know storytelling is at the core of Indigenous knowledge systems and ways of life. Many feel a responsibility to share their stories, knowing that publishing in a good way can promote healing and strength among Indigenous cultures, and address a lack of understanding among settler Canadians about Indigenous people’s lives and experiences. In this project, through conducting interviews and readings and reflecting on my own experience, I gathered knowledge about some themes, subjects, or concerns that are repeatedly raised in discussions around publishing for and by Indigenous people; this is one model for learning about sharing stories in a good way in the publishing industry.

Author Biography

Rachel Taylor, Independent Scholar

Rachel Taylor is a freelance editor. She is Iñupiaq on her mother's side and settler on her father's, and was born and raised in Northern BC in the territories of the Gitksan and Wet'suwet'en Peoples. She is a recent graduate of the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University in which she completed a project placement with Theytus Books, the oldest Indigenous publishing house in Canada. She attended the 2017 Indigenous Editors' Circle at Humber College and is a volunteer with the Indigenous Editors' Association. In addition to editing, copy editing, and proofreading, Rachel also provides design and transcription services. Her editorial interests include short stories, scholarly nonfiction and essays, biographies and autobiographies, and a range of genres by Indigenous authors and Northern writers. Rachel lives as an uninvited guest in the beautiful traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. 

Published
2020-01-23
Section
Part III: Extraction and Reclamation