Kathleen Kennedy on New Canon
While her phrasings remind me of the iffy use of the term "canon" that Sue Rostoni was rocking circa the 90's, we do have one of the first statements on canon from Kathleen Kennedy. And to me, it seems to run contrary to what we've been hearing lately insofar as the Story Group creating a 'united universe'.
“George [Lucas] was so clear as to how that works. The canon that he created was the Star Wars saga. Right now, episode seven falls within that canon. The spin-off movies, or we may come up with some other way to call those films, they exist within that vast universe that he created.The way I take that, she's saying that the standalone Star Wars films that have been reported are basically going to be EU material or otherwise outside the primary canon, which implies that there is still going to be a distinction of canons.
“There is no attempt being made to carry characters (from the standalone films) in and out of the saga episodes. Consequently, from the creative standpoint, it’s a roadmap that George made pretty clear.”
However, the quote above -- however clear George made it -- is rather sloppily put, or sloppily quoted by the journalist. There seems a confounding of the term canon with the notion of the six film saga, and a confounding of what isn't canon as existing in "that vast universe", by which she presumably actually means something more like "sandbox".
Of course, I can hear the old EU Completist crowd just having kittens over my parsing of the quote, but then I do have a rather good track record with that sort of thing, much to their consternation.