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Celebrating National Aboriginal Day

Celebrating National Aboriginal Day

Canada’s National Aboriginal Day is annually held on June 21 to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of the nation’s Aboriginal peoples. Speakers’ Spotlight is proud to offer four internationally recognized speakers on aboriginal issues:



Susan Aglukark
Award-Winning Aboriginal Singer/Songwriter

Award-winning Aboriginal singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique artists, who blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. Aglukark’s talks emphasize the same themes that her music does – those of hope, spirit, and encouragement that have captivated and inspired listeners around the world. Read more…



Lorne Cardinal
Gemini-Winning Actor and Director

Lorne Cardinal is undeniably one of the funniest men on the stage and in the small screen. As an entertainer, speaker, or event host, Cardinal effortlessly taps into his gift for comedic timing and his quick wit to ensure that audiences roll in the aisles with laughter. One of Canada’s most recognized aboriginal actors and directors, Cardinal has won two Gemini Awards for his performances in Wapos Bay and Corner Gas as well as numerous nominations for his body of work. Read more…



Chief Clarence Louie

Chief Clarence Louie
Osoyoos Indian Band

Chief Clarence Joseph Louie believes that Aboriginal people and government must make economic development and business growth an everyday priority. Under his direction, the Osoyoos Indian Band has become a multi-faceted corporation that owns and manages nine businesses and employs hundreds of people, while the Band Development Corporation that he helped to form provides strategic direction to existing businesses. Chief Louie shares his experiences and lessons in leadership and forward-thinking with a variety of audiences around the world. Read more…


Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Environmental and Human Rights Activist | Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision makers for over a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. She speaks with passion and urgency on the issues of today—the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability—not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole.  At a time when people are seeking solutions, direction, and a sense of hope, this global leader provides a big picture of where we are and where we’re headed. Read more…