Susan Aglukark is quickly becoming a highly sought after motivational speaker and workshop facilitator. Combining her music with her key notes and workshops, Susan blends her singing with her messages of hope and history on her people the Inuit of Arctic Canada. She weaves words and music and lyrics into hopes and ideas for a better, hopeful, thriving future for the aboriginal people. Susan’s keynotes while singing and speaking about her culture also address universal issues such as social problems, health problems in aboriginal communities and it’s links to rapid change, how to cope with rapid change, the effects of colonization along with many other issues.
Part of my theory is that we are born with an abundance of self esteem and through whatever circumstance and situation we lose it along the way. These self-esteem workshops are shaped and designed around the same process that brought me to my path.
Nomad is a 60 minute speaking and singing presentation of Canadian Inuit history. Through songs and stories, Nomad will take you on the journey of the Inuit over the last 1000 years and shed some light on the psychological and cultural impact of that rapid change.
1999 was a big year for me. I had reached a major turning point in my life personally and professionally allowing me to finally commit to a dream.
The years previous had been incredible but also overwhelming never allowing me to “catch up” in terms of confidence and goal setting, I’d just coasted with the career and the industry and this prevented me from really engaging in what was I later realized a pivotal time in my life.
I was content to let things happen not because I didn’t want to get involved but because I felt intimidated by the process, I didn’t know how to engage. This is when I started to read and write. Reading and writing were my way of “catching up” with myself.
I wrote everything from the questions and doubts in my head to songs and poetry, from full pages of single words to full paragraphs to stories. I read everything from Inuit culture to self help books to fiction to novels. I began to empower myself, I stopped second guessing myself and just kept doing the things that strengthened my will to dream.
I learned to identify my weaknesses and to strengthen them and to accept the things I couldn’t change, in essence I re-discovered my self esteem, self respect and self admiration.
Part of my theory is that we are born with an abundance of self esteem and through whatever circumstance and situation we lose it along the way and forget we ever had it, it gets buried beneath bad memories and self loathing turning into lack of want and desire, lack of self confidence.
I work with youth to re awaken this self-esteem and hopefully instill within them a will to set goals, to allow themselves to dream.
These self-esteem workshops are shaped and designed around the same process that brought me to my path, reading and writing, critical also is dialogue, allowing the youth to talk, to open up.
I have been on this incredible journey since 1999 and I realize now that I have always had it in me to succeed, to be happy with myself just as I am. This is what we need to re-awaken in youth and children today.
Nomad is a 60 minute speaking and singing presentation on the last 1000 years of Canadian Inuit history as told by Inuk singer/songwriter, Dr. Susan Aglukark, O.C.
Through songs and stories, Nomad will take you on the journey of the Canadian Inuit over the last 1000 years and shed some light on the psychological and cultural impact of that rapid change.
Broken down into four stages, The Viking Era (the mid 1200’s), The Explorer Era (the 1500’s), The Whaler Era (the 1800’s) and today, the Age of Progress, Nomad will give you a glimpse into the collective soul of The People of Canada’s Arctic and how we/they have survived and thrived through adversity and rapid change.
Incorporating images, film and video, you will get a glimpse of the resilience and determination of a people who have maintained a quiet dignity despite near annihilation by disease and rapid change.
The presentation incorporates songs written (recorded) and inspired by some of the people’s greatest moments in terms of change and/or challenge. Ms. Aglukark speaks about some of the parallels between those turning points and her own turning points in her songwriting career.