Inuit Authors and "Literature Development" in the Late 20th Century - Mini Aodla Freeman, Aliqa Illauq, Tiffany Larter, Keavy Martin, Pitseolak Pfeiffer, Julie Rak
While government policy policy led to the publication of numerous books, magazines and other resources by Inuit writers, its workings and outcomes deserve critical attention. What ideologies are at work in the goal of literary “development”? What kind of impact did these government-agents-turned-literary-agents have on Indigenous literary texts? Inversely, how did Inuit writers and editors strategically make use of these programs, mobilizing them to serve community goals? Finally, how does this example provide useful cautions about the way in which ‘benevolent’ policy-makers can also be, in the words of Mini Aodla Freeman, minittualuit—the ones who insist upon controlling things? In brief, this presentation will present the early findings of the ‘Government Agents, Literary Agents’ project.