Susan Aglukark

Susan Aglukark
Susan Aglukark

Susan Aglukark at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, June 2007
Background information
Born 27 January 1967 (1967-01-27) (age 44) Churchill, Manitoba
Origin Arviat, Nunavut
Genres Folk
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992–present
Labels EMI

Susan Aglukark, OC (Inuktitut syllabics: ᓲᓴᓐ ᐊᒡᓘᒃᑲᖅ suusan agluukkaq), (born 27 January 1967[1]) is an Inuk musician whose blend of Inuit folk music traditions with country and pop songwriting has made her a major recording star in Canada. Her most successful single is "O Siem", which reached #1 on the Canadian country and adult contemporary charts in 1995. Overall, she has released seven studio albums and has won two Juno Awards.


Early life

Aglukark was born in Churchill, Manitoba and raised in Arviat, Northwest Territories (now in Nunavut).[2] After graduating high school, she worked in Ottawa, Ontario as a linguist with the Department of Indian & Northern Affairs, and then returned to the Northwest Territories to work as an executive assistant with the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada.[3]

While working with the Inuit Tapirisat, she began to perform as a singer, and quickly became a popular performer in Inuit communities. She soon attracted the attention of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, who included her in a compilation of Arctic performers. In 1992, she released an independent album, Arctic Rose. The following year, she signed to a major record label, releasing an album of Christmas music that year.[3]


This Child, released in 1995, became her breakthrough album. The first single from that album, "O Siem", went to number one on the Canadian adult contemporary and country charts that year, making Aglukark the first Inuk performer to have a Top 40 hit. "Hina Na Ho (Celebration)" and "Breakin' Down" became hit singles as well. The album was eventually certified triple platinum (300,000 copies sold) in Canada.

In 2000, Aglukark released Unsung Heroes, which spawned another pop hit with "One Turn Deserves Another." This album also included "Turn of the Century," a song about the creation of Nunavut. In 2004, she released Big Feeling.

She sometimes deals with painful subjects in her songs. "Kathy" is about her niece who committed suicide, and "Still Running" is about the trauma of sexual abuse. Aglukark has also recorded a version of "Amazing Grace" in Inuktitut.

Her song "Never Be the Same" was featured on Dawson's Creek in Episode #3-14 ("Valentine's Day Massacre"), as well as her song "One Turn Deserves Another" in Episode #3-15 ("Crime And Punishment").

Aglukark has also acted as spokesperson for several non-profit groups working with aboriginal and Inuit youth, and has said that while she is proud to be a role model for aboriginal people in Canada, she ultimately sees herself as an artist with a universal message of self-respect and strength to which she hopes that people of all cultural backgrounds can relate.

In 2004, Aglukark was awarded an honorary DFA from the University of Lethbridge. She was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2005, and in the same year received an honorary LL.D. degree from the University of Alberta. In the summer of 2006, she performed nightly in the evening grandstand show at the Calgary Stampede.

She currently resides in Oakville, Ontario.[4]

Awards and recognition



Year Album Chart Positions CRIA
CAN Country CAN
1990 Dreams for You
1992 Arctic Rose
1993 Christmas
1995 This Child 1 25 3× Platinum
1999 Unsung Heroes
2003 Big Feeling
2006 Blood Red Earth
2011 White Sahara" TBR: September 27


Year Title Chart Positions Album
1990 "Searching" Dreams for You
1993 "Little Toy Trains" Christmas
1994 "Song of the Land" 31 4 55 Arctic Rose
"Still Running" 17
1995 "O Siem" 1 1 3 This Child
"Hina Na Ho (Celebration)" 19 3 30
"Breakin' Down" 10 32
1996 "Shamaya" 38 71
"Suffer in Silence"
1999 "One Turn Deserves Another" 19 Unsung Heroes
2000 "Turn of the Century" 55
2004 "Whaler's Lullaby" Big Feeling
2006 "I Will Return" Blood Red Earth

See also

  • Notable Aboriginal people of Canada


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