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I am a white settler editor. My spouse and children are Métis. I believe all settlers have an obligation to educate themselves about historical and current injustices and help counter them. My master’s project in ethnobotany had the approval and leadership of the Secwepemc Nation, giving me an early appreciation of non-Western ways of knowing and intellectual property rights. I tread very carefully when I copy edit writings by or about Indigenous people. I rely on the advice of brilliant Indigenous editors such as Gregory Younging, author of Elements of Indigenous Style.

Contact me for specific information on my role for each project (copy editor, proofreader, etc.).​


  • International Journal of Indigenous Health (Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement, University of Victoria, 2015–2018)
  • “‘Our Ancestors Are in Our Land, Water, and Air’: A Two-eyed Seeing Approach to Researching Environmental Health Concerns with Pictou Landing First Nation – Final Report 2010–2016,” Pictou Landing Native Women’s Group, Heather Castleden et al. 
  • Counting on Hope by Sylvia Olsen (Sono Nis Press)
  • Just Ask Us: A Conversation with First Nations Teenage Moms by Sylvia Olsen (Sono Nis Press)
  • Neekah’s Knitting Needles by Sylvia Olsen with Odelia Smith (Sono Nis Press)
  • No Time to Say Goodbye: Children’s Stories of Kuper Island Residential School (fictionalized) by Sylvia Olsen with Rita Morris and Ann Sam (Sono Nis Press)
  • Plants of Haida Gwaii by Nancy J. Turner (Sono Nis Press)
  • Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience by Monique Gray Smith (Sono Nis Press)
  • Which Way Should I Go? by Sylvia Olsen with Ron Martin (Sono Nis Press)
  • Yetsa’s Sweater by Sylvia Olsen (Sono Nis Press)


  • Loewen, D.C., N.J. Turner, and M. Thomas. 2016. Yellow glacier lily (Erythronium grandiflorum): Important root vegetable for the Secwepemc and neighbouring peoples of the Northwest Interior Plateau. Chapter 7 in: Ignace, M., N. Turner, and S. Peacock, eds. Secwepemc People and Plants: Research Papers in Shuswap Ethnobotany. Society of Ethnobiology Contributions in Ethnobiology series, jointly published by Society of Ethnobiology and Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, Kamloops, BC.
  • Kuhnlein, H.V., D.C. Loewen, S. Peacock, D. Leggee, and N.J. Turner. 2016. Nutrients in selected Secwepemc traditional food species. Chapter 6, ibid.
  • Turner, N.J., and D.C. Loewen. 1998. The original “free trade”: exchange of botanical products and associated plant knowledge in northwestern North America. Anthropologica XL(1):49–70.
  • Mullin, W.J., S. Peacock, D.C. Loewen, and N.J. Turner. 1997. Macronutrients content of yellow glacier lily and balsamroot: root vegetables used by indigenous peoples of northwestern North America. Food Research International 30(10):769–775.

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