Bio

Biography

“Susan Aglukark is truly one of Canada’s most significant cultural treasures. Apart from being a beautiful singer and powerful songwriter, she provides a significant view to the culture of our northern communities. She is an inspiration to humanity.”

Deane Cameron

Accomplishments

Susan has held command performances for:

  • HRH Queen Elizabeth (twice)
  • Canadian Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien and Brian Mulroney
  • President of France, Jacques Chirac.
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson
  • Her Excellency the Countess of Wessex
  • Founder of the Arctic Rose Project
  • Arctic Inspiration Prize Selection Committee
  • Chair of Arctic Children and Youth Foundation (2008-2011)
  • Board Member of National Aboriginal Literacy Foundation (2004-2007)
  • Founder and Chair of the Arctic Rose Foundation

Awards include:

  • Awarded the Governor Generals Order of Canada in 2005
  • Awarded Queen  Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal February 2012
  • Juno Awards (3)
  • First-ever Aboriginal Achievement Award in Arts & Entertainment
  • Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) Vista Rising Star Award
  • Native American Music Award
  • Canadian Aboriginal Music Award
  • Honorary Degrees in Law from the University of Alberta
  • Honorary Degrees in Law from Calgary University
  • Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Lethbridge University
  • Northerner of the Year – 1995

Biography

Susan Aglukark, O.C.

Singer / songwriter Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique artists and a leading voice in Canadian music. She blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. The emotional depth and honesty of her lyrics; her pure, clear voice and themes of hope, spirit and encouragement have captivated and inspired listeners from all walks of life. Susan has held command performances for HRH Queen Elizabeth (twice), Canadian Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and Brian Mulroney and the President of France, Jacques Chirac. She has performed for Nelson Mandela and Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson as well as several other dignitaries. Susan was invited into the Order of Canada and was presented her Officer of the Order of Canada award in September of 2005 for her contribution both musically and as a workshop facilitator and mentor in the aboriginal community and was awarded the Governor Generals Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award in June of 2016.

Awards include: 3 Juno Awards presented by the Canadian Association of Recording Arts & Sciences; the first-ever Aboriginal Achievement Award in Arts & Entertainment, and the Canadian Country Music Association’s Vista Rising Star Award, along with several other CCMA nominations, Susan has honorary doctorates of Law from the University of Alberta where she also worked for three years as Distinguished Scholar in residence, Susan also received an honorary law degree from Calgary University, an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Lethbridge University, a Doctor of Letters from the Laurentian University. Most recently.

Susan recently attained charitable status and is founder and chair of the Arctic Rose Foundation and is currently working on a new album set for release late spring of 2017.