Finishing the Sweetgrass Braid
Client: Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (2018)
Project: Finishing the Sweetgrass Braid: Indigenous Knowledge Transfer in Urban Indigenous Communities
Specialty: This document was researched and written by the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC). In 2013, the OFIFC, Wilfrid Laurier University, and a group of Indigenous scholars received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Insight Grant that launched the “Indigenous Knowledge Transfer in Urban Aboriginal Communities (IKTUAC)” project, which in turn led to the publication of Finishing the Sweetgrass Braid. When the 193-page manuscript came to us, we decided to edit the document in two stages. The first stage focused on a substantive edit of the content to help strengthen the manuscript’s structure. We added additional headings and subheadings to help shape the sections, edited for length and clarity, while respecting the flow of text within a storytelling approach to sharing knowledge and learning. The manuscript was then sent back to the author for review and revisions. When we received the second draft, we copy edited the final text for consistency in language, usage, terms and expressions preferred by the OFIFC and its community. During the editing stages, we created a style sheet that captured these details and ensured consistency throughout the document.