INRS publications: Cultural Policy

May 3, 2021 | Audrey-Maude Vézina

Update : May 3, 2021

A book co-edited by Professor Diane Saint-Pierre has just been published by the University of Ottawa Press.

The book Cultural Policy: Origins, Evolution, and Implementation in Canada’s Provinces and Territories provides a comprehensive history of sub-national cultural policy. In particular, this publication brings to light the institutionalization and instrumentalization of culture by provincial and territorial governments.

Professor Diane Saint-Pierre, of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), co-edited this book, which provides a portrait of each province and territories in Canada, as well as a comparative analysis of these different regions. The book also offers a critical reading of Canadian statistics on culture.

“ This is a Canadian first, since no such exhaustive – almost encyclopedic – publication has existed in English until now. ”

Diane Saint-Pierre, specialist on cultural policies


Addressing important questions

How do Canadian provincial and territorial governments intervene in the cultural and artistic lives of their citizens? What issues and influences shaped the origin and implementation of these policies? On what foundations were policies based in the past, and on what foundations are they based today? What are the objectives and outcomes of policies, and what instruments do governments use to pursue them? How do Canadian provincial and territorial governments intervene in the cultural and artistic lives of their citizens? What are the objectives and outcomes of their policies, and what instruments do they use to pursue them? What are the factors and challenges that have influenced and are influencing the development of provincial or territorial cultural policies? These are some of the questions that led to this publication.

Answers to these questions are multiples and complexes. They depend especially on the historical context of each province and territory and of the various objectives of successive governments involved, but also the values and identities of their citizens.

About the book

The book was co-edited by Diane Saint-Pierre and Monica Gattinger, professor at the University of Ottawa. Contributors to the publication are Jean-Paul Baillargeon, Nicole Barrieau, Alison Beale, Daniel Bourgeois, Donna (Cardinal) Gannon, Joy Cohnstaedt, Patrice A. Dutil, M. Sharon Jeannotte, Jan Marontate, Catherine Murray, Ronald Rompkey, Dick Stanley, Karen Wall, and David Whitson. Fernand Harvey, honorary professor at INRS, has agreed to write the preface.