Frank Tester

Frank Tester is a resident of Denman Island, a Canadian author, film maker and professor of social work and environmental studies. He is currently adjunct professor of Indigenous Studies, University of Manitoba and the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute, Nelson B.C., having previously taught at the University of British Columbia, York University, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He is the author/co-author of 6 books and over 50 publications dealing with Canadian and international social and environmental policies and issues, Inuit culture and Inuit social history. Tammarniit (Mistakes), a book examining government policy affecting Inuit after WWII, is a winner of the Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize for its contribution to the Ethnohistory of Indigenous peoples. Tester is also a recipient of the Gustavus Myers Award for his contribution to the study of human rights in North America. He is a former chair of the City of Vancouver’s Family Court, Youth Justice Committee and a founding member of the Vancouver Association for Restorative Justice. Tester has worked as a technical advisor to Inuit organizations dealing with mining in Nunavut Territory and as an advisor to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Federal Government on matters related to research and policy affecting social housing in Canada. His film, Beneath the Surface (2016) explores Inuit experience with a nickel mine developed in the 1950s in the Kivalliq region of what is now Nunavut Territory. His latest book, Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Inuit Relocations (with Krista Ulujuk Zawadski) is published by James Lorimer.

Latest Book: Righting Canada's Wrongs: Inuit Relocations: Colonial Policies and Practices, Inuit Resilience and Resistance

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Author Frank Tester