Gathering Knowledges to Inform Best Practices in Indigenous Publishing
Keywords:publishing, editing, Indigenous, literatures, storytelling, protocols
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.