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This section provides an historical timeline of Inuit cultural and literary facts from Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, Greenland and Nunavut (dates of birth and death of authors, dates of publication of books, etc.). You can choose to see only the dates of one of the territories.

Birth of storyteller, hunter and Inuit elder Akuliaq in the Sanikiluaq area (Nunavut) around 1890.

Birth of author and soldier Eddy Weetaltuk in the Strutton Islands (Nunavut) in 1923.

Birth of author, poet and residential school survivor Alice Masak French on Baillie-Hamilton Island (Nunavut) in 1930.

Birth in Cape Hope Islands (Nunavut) in 1936 of the playwright, writer, poet and committed essayist Minnie Aodla Freeman.

Birth of the teacher, editor, translator and storyteller Mark Kalluak near Tavani (Nunavut) in 1942.

Birth of visual artist and author Germaine Arnaktauyok in Maniitsoq (Greenland) in 1946.

Birth of political leader, author and journalist born John Amagoalik Tasialuk (Nunavik) in 1947.

Birth of the poet and community worker Kowmageak Arnakalak in Iqaluit (Nunavut) in 1951.

Birth of the illustrator, cartoonist, poet and essayist Alootook Ipellie in Nuvuqquq (Nunavut) in 1951.

Birth of the journalist, cultural worker and musician William Tagoona born in Qamani’tuaq (Nunavut) in 1952.

Birth of the author, translator, linguist and researcher Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley on the northern end of Baffin Island (Nunavut) in 1953.

Birth of the essayist, producer and documentary filmmaker Jobie Weetaluktuk in Kangirsukallak (Nunavik) in 1958.

Birth of the author, researcher and teacher Norma Dunning in Québec in 1959.

 

Birth of the translator and interpreter Titus Arnakallak at the beginning of the 1960s in Nunavut.

Birth of activist, lawyer, clothing designer and musician Aaju Peter in Arkisserniaq (Greenland) in 1960.

Birth of the author, publisher, teacher and politician Louise Flaherty in 1969 in Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit).

Birth of author and specialist in world religions, esotericism and mythology Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley in Southern Ontario in 1969.

Death of storyteller, hunter and Inuit elder Akuliaq in Inukjuak (Nunavik) at the beginning of the 1970s.

Birth of cultural promoter and librarian-archivist Andy Pirti in Akulivik (Nunavik) in 1974.

Publication of a collection of Inuit tales and legends compiled by Mark Kalluak, published in an English version and an Inuktitut version, and entitled How Kabloonat Became, and Other Inuit Legends. Inuit Unipkatuangi.

Birth in Ikaluktutiak (Nunavut) in 1975 of the throat-singer, experimental musician, novelist and visual artist Tanya Tagaq Gillis.

Publication of the German translation of Mini Aodla Freeman's biography, Tochter der Innuit: Sprung ins 20, first published in English in 1978 under the title Life Among the Qallunaat.

Death of the poet and community worker Kowmageak Arnakalak from Nunavut in 1979.

Publication of the French translation of Mini Aodla Freeman's biography, Ma vie chez les Qallunaat, first published in English in 1978 under the title Life Among the Qallunaat.

Publication of the historical essay on soapstone carving in Nunavut by Mark Kalluak, Pelts to Stone. A History of Arts and Crafts Production in Arviat, in English and in Inuktitut.

Death of author and soldier Eddy Weetaltuk in Uniujaq (Nunavik) in 2005.

Death of illustrator, cartoonist, poet and essayist Alootook Ipellie in Ottawa (Ontario) in 2007.

Publication of Unipkaaqtuat Arvianit. Traditional Inuit Stories from Arviat, stories and tales from Nunavut collected by Mark Kalluak and published in Inuktitut and in English in two volumes, in 2009 and 2010.

Death of the teacher, editor, translator and storyteller Mark Kalluak in Arviat (Nunavut) in 2011.

Publication of A Bibliography of Canadian Inuit Periodicals, by Sharon Rankin, which makes an inventory of magazines, journals, newspapers and newsletters published by or about the Inuit of Canada.

Death of author, poet and residential school survivor Alice Masak French in Souris (Manitoba) in 2013.

Publication of the collective essay on linguistic issues in Nunanga, the Arctic territory of the Inuit, Uqausivut sivummuagutivut. Our Language, Our Leadership, edited by Jeela Palluq Cloutier and Louis McComber.

Publication of the collection of short stories in English, Annie Muktuk and Other Stories, by Norma Dunning.

Publication of the novel of autobiographical inspiration Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq Gillis, from Nunavut, which will be translated into French in 2019.

Publication of the French translation, Croc fendu, of the novel of autobiographical inspiration Split Tooth (2015) by Tanya Tagaq Gillis, from Nunavut.

Publication of the collection of poetry and stories in English Eskimo Pie: A Poetics of Inuit Identity, by Norma Dunning.

Publication of the French translation of the collection of short stories by Norma Dunning, entitled Annie Muktuk et autres histoires, first published in English in 2017.