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Susan Aglukark releases her first video in 1991

The Story

Susan Aglukark, currently living in Ottawa and working as a translator for the Department of Indian Affairs, is launching her career as a singer-songwriter. Her first video, for a song called Searching, has just been released. She speaks to Midday host Ralph Benmergui about making the transition as a young Inuk woman from the northern tundra to the south in Ottawa, and some of the lifestyle changes that has brought.  They discuss her strong belief in the importance of education - "without education you really can’t help your people very much, and I wanted to help my people in any way that I could."

Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Host: Valerie Pringle
Interviewer: Ralph Benmergui
Guest: Susan Aglukark
Broadcast Date: July 15, 1991
Duration: 5:44

Did You know?

• Uuliniq Susan Aglukark was born on Jan. 27, 1967 in Churchill, Manitoba. Her family lived in several communities in the Northwest Territories, settling in Eskimo Point, Northwest Territories (now Arviat, Nunavut) in 1978.

• She had her first commercial hit with the song O Siem, from the 1995 album This Child.  

• Aglukark's musical success has been augmented by her advocacy for northern communities. She is the recipient of several awards, including the 2016 Governor General's Performing Arts Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (Popular Music).


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