In December 2015 Daniel Heath Justice began a Twitter campaign to share the names of Indigenous writers. The reason for his efforts was to: “…push back against the frequent assumptions that our literary history is any less complex, robust, or diverse than that of other peoples (Daniel Heath Justice, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter?)
In solidarity with his efforts, in 2018 a group of interested individuals from the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program, UBC Library, and the Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology at the University of British Columbia came together to develop the first Honouring Indigenous Writers Wikipedia event. The purpose of the event was to increase awareness of Indigenous literature and improve the coverage of Indigenous writers on Wikipedia. Since then, the event has evolved to include author readings, panel discussions, and workshops with many partnerships from Canadian academic institutions and organizations.