INUIT POP SINGER SUSAN AGLUKARK BORN
Aglukark was born in Churchill, Manitoba, but was raised in Arviat, Northwest Territories. Her 1992 album, Arctic Rose (re-released in 1994), and its 2-hit single, Song of the Land/Still Running won2 Juno Awards, Canadian Country Music Association’s Vista Rising Star Award & the 1st Aboriginal Achievement Award in Arts & Entertainment. This Child (1995) with its #1 single, O Siem, put her atop Canadian music charts. In 2000, Unsung Heroes had the hit One Turn Deserves Another/Turn of the Century. In 2004, Big Feeling also won a Juno Award. She recently recorded the album, The Crossing, in 2022. Susan has performed for Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) & Nelson Mandela. She also authored 2 books based on her grandmother’s Arctic childhood when traditional Inuit values began mixing with modern culture: Una Huna?: What Is This? (2018) & Una Huna?: Ukpik Learns to Sew (2022). Awards: Officer, Order of Canada (2004); QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012); and Governor General’s Performing Arts Award (2016).
Sources: "Biography: Susan Aglukark – A Leading Voice in Canadian Music," First Nations Drum, 12/26/2000. Susan Aglukark - A Leading Voice in Canadian Music - First Nations Drum Newspaper Susan Aglukark, website. Retrieved 3/6/2021, Bio | Susan Aglukark Wikipedia Photo: Dean Shareski, 6/27/2007. Permissive Use.