Why Write? has been created by individuals working at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada with the intention of creating a welcoming and supportive academic writing textbook for all Canadian college and university students. University of Victoria’s main campus is located on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish Peoples, and we are privileged to do our work in a way that is inspired by their history, customs and culture. All of those who wrote sections of this textbook are settlers in Canada. We acknowledge with respect that we do our research, writing, and teaching on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen People, Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples. This textbook is an expression of our commitment to ongoing work of decolonizing our campus community both inside and outside the classroom.