Keavy Martin


Keavy Martin


Keavy Martin is a white settler scholar of Indigenous literatures at the University of Alberta in Treaty 6 and Métis territory. Her first book, Stories in a New Skin: Approaches to Inuit Literature (winner of the 2012 Gabrielle Roy Prize), explores the intersections of Inuit traditional knowledge about literature with southern academic reading practices. She is also the co-editor (with Julie Rak and Norma Dunning) of the 2015 edition of Inuit elder Mini Aodla Freeman’s autobiography, Life Among the Qallunaat, which includes material and phrasing restored from the author’s original typescript. With Dylan Robinson, Martin has edited the forthcoming book Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action In and Beyond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2016). In 2016, Martin was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. As principal investigator for Creative Conciliations, Martin directs resources toward our partners and collaborators, basks in the glow of their brilliance, and pursues questions about the possibilities of thinking beyond ‘reconciliation,’ particularly in Treaty 6 territory. She is also the mother of a young son, Edzazii.


Relevant Publications

Martin, Keavy. “The Rhetoric of Silence in Life Among the Qallunaat.” Indigenous Literature and the Arts of Comunity. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 230-231 (Autumn/Winter 2016): 144-159.

Robinson, Dylan and Keavy Martin, eds. Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action In and Beyond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016.

A Consider This Opinion Piece: On Being Called to Action.” The Quad (November 2015).

Mini Aodla Freeman (Author), Keavy Martin (Editor), Julie Rak (Editor), Norma Dunning (Editor). Life Among the Qallunaat. University of Manitoba Press, 2015.

Martin, Keavy. “Truth, Reconciliation, and Amnesia: Porcupines and China Dolls and the Canadian Conscience.” English Studies in Canada 35.1 (March 2010): 47-65.

University of Alberta research page

Additional links to research activities


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