Become a member
We invite Indigenous people who work with stories to join our community and become a member of the Indigenous Editors Association! Benefits include access to our Jobs Newsletter and the right to vote in Association business, as well as the ability to take part in our webinars and Members’ Directory.
Becoming a member is a three-step process. Please read all of the information on this page before applying. Our review process takes two to four weeks to complete. If you require assistance or clarification with any of these steps, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Step 1: Application
To apply, scroll down to the Application Form and choose whether you’d like to fill out the application form online or contact us for a manual application. At this stage, we ask you for minimal information.
STEP 2: APPLICATION REVIEW
Once we receive your application, we will review the information you've provided. Please allow our Council between two to four weeks to evaluate and respond to your application. This process may take longer if additional information is required.
Step 3: Fee Payment
If your application is successful, you will receive an email letting you know that your application has been approved pending payment. If you've provided a method of payment in your online application, we will charge your card the annual membership fee and complete your IEA membership. If you've opted to mail-in the fee, we will hold your application in pending status until we receive payment.
The IEA annual membership fee is $10.00 (Canadian) plus applicable taxes. If this fee is a barrier, please contact us.
Membership Information Required
We try and keep our membership process as simple as possible. The following information will be required to evaluate your membership application:
IEA Guiding Principles
We require all new members to read and agree to uphold the IEA's Guiding Principles. At the 2015 Indigenous Editors Circle, participants developed draft guiding principles for working with Indigenous authors and editors in Canada.
The Indigenous Editors Circle recommends setting aside a specific portion of public funding for writers to support Indigenous writers.
IEA Membership Protocol
We require all new members to confirm that you have read and agree to uphold the IEA's Membership Protocol.
Our intention with this protocol is to approach issues of identity with practices that reflect our values and culture at the IEA and uphold our principles of trust and accountability. In the spirit of community protocols observed in many Indigenous communities, we ask applicants to introduce themselves by telling us who you are and where you come from when applying for membership. It is important that upon declaring your identity you also detail your connection to your community or communities—whether that be communities of origin or other communities you have developed connections with. We recognize the difficulties presented to those who have recently realized their ancestry; however, we ask that you apply to be an IEA Supporter while you are on your journey of reconnection.
The IEA reserves the right to request additional information, such as asking you to:
The IEA supports First Nations, Inuit, and Métis rights to self-determination and recognizes that histories of colonial practices and ideologies have resulted in the displacement of communities and individuals and the fracturing of connections and identities. For the IEA and the context of our work, Indigenous identity describes individuals who are First Nations, Inuit, or Métis Peoples located in lands claimed by Canada.
First Nations: status and non-status individuals who are citizens, members, or direct relatives of a self-governing band, reserve-based community, or a larger tribal group.
Inuit: recognized as the First Peoples of the Arctic regions of Canada including Nunavut, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, and parts of the Northwest Territories.
Métis: recognized in the Canadian Constitution as a distinct Indigenous People. The Métis have historic ancestry from an accepted Métis Nation settlement or community, as defined by the Métis National Council, and as accepted by the Métis Nation.
We also recognize the Indigenous identity of individuals from groups located outside of the Canadian nation-state. International Indigenous Peoples include citizens, members, or direct relatives of cultural groups who are:
*The application of these definitions will be at the discretion of the IEA’s Council for determining membership and for other purposes.
All members of the organization must support and have an interest in furthering the IEA’s vision and mission. We currently have two membership categories: IEA Members and IEA Supporters. While all will have access to the services and meetings of the IEA, only IEA Members have voting rights with respect to organizational matters at membership meetings. The IEA Supporter category is for people who want to learn and work with us to make space for Indigenous Editors and Publishing Professionals, ensuring projects involving Indigenous stories and storytellers are led by, and benefit, the Indigenous communities from which they originate.
*The definition of Indigenous Editors and Publishing Professionals includes both established and emerging specialists in all categories of IEA membership.
Please fill out our online application located below.
Contact us to request a manual application form.