Susan Aglukark, O.C.
Executive Director/Founder (ex officio)
During a career that has spanned more than 25 years, Susan Aglukark’s journey as a singer-songwriter has led her to reflect on who she is, where she comes from and the importance of discovery – discovery of history, culture and self.
Born in Arviat, Nunavut, Susan is the first Inuk artist to win a Juno (three in total) and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime artistic achievement, she is an officer of the Order of Canada, holds several Honourary Doctorate degrees and has held command performances; but Susan also acknowledges the path has not been easy.
Despite her success, Susan faced her own fears and personal trauma that left her disillusioned and disconnected. Through a journey of reflection and reconnection with her culture, Susan kept coming back to one area of profound knowing, the Inuit are an extraordinary people deeply grounded in a culture forged by their Ancestors, their journey is what shaped them.
Through her music, Susan continues to share her experiences as an Inuk growing up in Nunavut, as well as the challenges faced by northern communities and Indigenous youth.
Dedicated to improving the lives of Inuit youth, women and culture, founded the Arctic Rose Foundation to help youth in the north through art and other engaging cultural and creative projects.
200 North Service Road West, Unit 1, Suite 355, Oakville, ON, L6M 2Y1
The Arctic Rose Foundation is a charitable organization that was created by Susan Aglukark in 2012, and officially designated as a not for profit organization in October 2016.
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