Children's Literature in Education

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 139–154 | Cite as

Representing the Inuit in Contemporary British and Canadian Juvenile Non-Fiction

  • Robert G. David


The article draws on research conducted in Britain and Canada into representations of the Inuit in juvenile non-fiction. Through the examination of text and pictorial representations in reference books, and geographical and historical non-fiction, attention is drawn to the continuing prevalence of a wide range of stereotypes. With the help of a discussion group of Inuit and other residents of the Arctic, key issues are confronted and strengths and weaknesses of a variety of representations identified. The article concludes by recommending various approaches that would result in a more balanced image of the Inuit, and by analogy, of other indigenous people worldwide.

Inuit Arctic representations children's literature non-fiction 


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