Susan Aglukark, O.C., LL.B
Award-Winning Inuk Singer/Songwriter
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 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.
She was awarded the Governor Generals Order of Canada in 2005, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal February 2012. She also holds honorary degrees in Law from the University of Alberta and the Calgary University, and an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts from the Lethbridge University, she is also the Chair and Founder of the Arctic Rose Foundation. Aglukark has been featured in Chatelaine, Flare, Saturday Night, Modern Woman, Billboard and The New York Times, with Maclean’s magazine once naming her one of “100 Canadians to Watch” along with countless other magazines.