Colonialism and a history of ‘helping’ in the Canadian Arctic
With the critical use of photographs taken by a number of well- known Arctic photographers, Frank Tester explores the colonial history of the eastern Arctic since World War II, noting the mate- rial as well as the socio-psychological implications for successive generations of Inuit.
Frank Tester is a Professor at the School of Social Work, University of British Columbia and a social worker who has worked and conducted research in the eastern Arctic for 40 years. Frank critically examines the role of social workers, anthropologists and others working in the service of a semi-liberal welfare state in developing and delivering government policy. Implications for reconciliation and for addressing the harm done to Inuit emerge from this challenging examination of history in the move toward the development of Nunavut Territory.