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Susan Aglukark, O.C., LL.B

Award-Winning Inuk Singer/Songwriter

Susan Aglukark
Mentoring is Sharing
Susan Aglukark
Mentoring is Sharing

Award-winning Inuk 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.

Aglukark is Canada’s first Inuk artist to win a Juno Award (her work has earned her three), a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime artistic achievement, and to be named an Officer of the Order of Canada. She also holds several Honourary Doctorate degrees and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Featured in Chatelaine, Flare, Saturday Night, Modern Woman, Billboard, and The New York Times, Alglukark has also been named one of Maclean’s magazine’s “100 Canadians to Watch”. She has performed for Queen Elizabeth II, Nelson Mandela, Canadian Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien and Brian Mulroney, French President Jacques Chirac, as well as several other dignitaries. Equally important to her are the people she has performed for and spoken to on reserves, in small towns, and in villages across Canada and the Arctic.

During her 25-year journey as a singer-songwriter, Aglukark was able to reflect on who she is, where she comes from, and the importance of discovery — discovery of history, culture, and self. This time has provided Aglukark with the profound knowledge that the Inuit are an extraordinary people deeply grounded in a culture forged by their Ancestors. Their journey is what shaped them.

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Presentations listed below include in-person and virtual keynotes, as well as workshops, fireside chats, and other presentation formats.

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  • Her performance and speech was so inspiring… thank you so much… It was a terrific conclusion to our conference. Here is a direct quote from one of our members… The highlight for me, which moved me to my soul, was Susan’s speech and performance.  I too will keep the memory of the circle dance close to mind – I haven’t felt such pure joy in a long time.

  • The relevence of your thoughts and comments as you related stories of your culture, empowerment and self-respect for ourselves and others has given our participants many challenges and new ideas to take to their districts. Your songs crossed many boundaries and evoked emotions reming us that we are all entitled to healthier and happier lives and can lead such lives by setting the example to others.

  • Words really cannot express that experience; life will never be the same for me.  I am truly grateful for being there and meeting you.  You’re truly cherished and lovely soul, please continue to share and touch others.  You’re a gift to us all and I am honoured and feel very privileged that I was there to receive everything you said and offered. It was so inspiring and empowering, food for my soul.  Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you.

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