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12 ways to better choose words when writing about Indigenous Peoples
Language is one of the many ways that has been used to oppress Indigenous Peoples. By being aware of the ways in which implied colonialism lives in language, you can re-frame the narrative and de-colonize your works.
Link here for a guide (PDF) to help writers make better choices and to equip them with a basic understanding on ho not to repeat historically inaccurate terms, break Indigenous Protocols or use offensive language. The PDF includes full details on these 12 items:
1. Avoid using the past tense when you write about Indigenous Peoples.
2. Do not use language which props up the colonial idea that Indigenous Peoples are incapable of taking care of things themselves.
3. Do not use the possessive when talking about the Indigenous Peoples who live in a country.
4. Do not whitewash Indigenous Peoples out of history.
5. Think abut Indigenous Knowledge as holding its own copyright.
6. Be prepared for consultation to take time.
7. Collaborate and seek permission when writing about Traditional Knowledge.
8. Do not repeat inaccurate and offensive material.
9. Always choose Indigenous Style over Canadian Press style.
10. Respect Elders.
11. Recognize and respect distinct and diverse Indigenous Peoples.
12. Understand Indigenous cultures do not need to be static to be authentic.
Above displays the book cover Elements of Indigenous Style – A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples, by Gregory Younging – the authority on the topic, published by Brush Education.
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