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Susan Aglukark is an Inuk musician, community activist, and children’s author whose blend of Inuit folk music traditions with pop songwriting has made her a recording star in Canada. She has nine albums released to date and has been the recipient of three Juno awards.
She has the unique distinction of having been awarded the first Aboriginal Achievement Award in Arts & Entertainment.
She has long been an advocate for Northern Canadian communities. Susan is the founder of the Arctic Rose Project, which helps create emotionally safe environments for Indigenous children and youth. She is also the co-founder of the Aboriginal Literacy Project and the former chair of the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation.
Susan Aglukark is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Her other awards and distinctions include the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Canadian Country Music Association Vista Rising Star Award, Canadian Aboriginal Music Award, Native American Music Award, and three honorary doctorates. Her single "O Siem" reached No. 1 on the Canadian country and adult contemporary charts in 1995.
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Speak Up! is curated by David McLeod (member of the Pine Creek First Nation, MB), Indigenous programming consultant.