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 worldwide.
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.
Susan was awarded the Governor Generals Order of Canada in 2005, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal February 2012. She holds honourary degrees in Law from the University of Alberta and the Calgary University, an honourary doctorate of Fine Arts from Lethbridge University, and is 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 once naming her one of “100 Canadians to Watch.”