National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 was National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

As editors and language professionals we are behooved to be diverse in our language knowledge and sensitivities. We then may work with an increasingly diverse population helping them to get their best word forward without losing meaning or tone.

There are amazing resources out there to learn by and grow on our knowledge of Indigenous Peoples, and their cultures, and languages — first and foremost you may ideally learn from the person for whom you are editing. Depending on the author and their agreement, I would then generally next also suggest to examine various books and other sources out there such as: Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples by Bob Joseph and Cynthia F. Joseph.

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