Above all, as editors of Read, Listen, Tell and creators of this website, we thank the Indigenous writers whose stories continue to inspire, provoke, celebrate, and dream new worlds into being. Our vision has always been to show the dynamic, living connections between readers and stories. We thank the many readers and writers who have helped illuminate those connections through their creative and passionate engagement with Indigenous literary arts.

While the Indigenous writers and artists that we include on this website live and work across North America and beyond, the servers, which are also located on Indigenous territories, produce the worlds in which we create and meet. This website is hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University Press, whose servers are located on the traditional territory of the Attwonderonk (Neutral), Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The editors gratefully acknowledge that they live and work as visitors on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of xʷməθkʷəy ̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl ̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Creating this website has involved the dedication and hard work of dozens of writers, students, educators, and life-long learners. Thank you to students in the 2016 and 2018 cohorts of the MATE program (Masters of Arts for Teachers of English) for memorable class discussions and insightful papers on Read, Listen, Tell. In particular we’d like to thank Alexandra Glinsbockel, Mackenzie Ground, Tamara Hansen, Jaron Judkins, Madeleine Reddon, Mélissa Richard, Robyn Roukema, Jessica Shin, Naomi Stewart, and Jarrett Viczko, authors of the literature guides, position papers, and classroom activities. Many thanks to the reviewers who read the guides and offered invaluable suggestions for revision: Pete Beetlestone, Alex Bournelis, Katy Cadman, Kevin Chase, Élise Couture-Grondin, Brenda Johnston, Tucker McLean, and Alix Shield. We are honoured by the generosity of Jeannette Armstrong, Lisa Bird-Wilson, Tomson Highway, Daniel Heath Justice, Lee Maracle, and the late Greg Younging, who participated in the interviews, and we also thank their interviewers, David Gaertner, Natalie Knight, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Deanna Reder, and Rachel Taylor. Thank you to the videographers and video editors: Ian Barbour, Robert Broad, Justine Crawford, Alexander Muir, and Rachel Ward. We’d also like to extend our deep appreciation to the visual artists whose works are included on this website: Sonny Assu, Lori Blondeau, Amy Malbeuf, and Nadia Myre. Thank you to the many photographers whose works are included on this website; a complete list with their credits is included below. Much appreciation to Ixchel Bennett, Mandisa Bromfield, Christina Saunders, and Nastassia Subban of the Toronto District School Board for their co-authored Educator’s Guide: Read, Listen, Tell, which offers curriculum support for Ontario secondary courses.

We owe enormous gratitude to the Research Assistants who have worked on this project over the years: Tamara Hansen, Jaron Judkins, and Mélissa Richard. Your attention to detail and important insights have made this project so much stronger. We’d also like to profusely thank Maia Desjardins, Craig Riggs, and Lisa Quinn at Wilfrid Laurier University Press for putting this website together and hosting it on WLUP’s site. We appreciate their patience as we learned how to build this website by making mistakes and revising our approach multiple times.

We received generous funding from several sources. Many thanks to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Simon Fraser University (SFU)’s Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines, SFU’s University Publications Fund, and SFU’s Department of English.
                -Editors of Read, Listen, Tell (Sophie McCall, Deanna Reder, David Gaertner, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill)

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