Posted on April 9, 2009 by Dylan Anderson

Susan Aglukark visits Augustana Campus

By Petra Cegielny

On Thursday April 2, 2009, the Aboriginal Students Office was honoured to have celebrated Inuit singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark visit the Augustana Campus to share her “Songs and Stories.” A Canadian icon, Susan Aglukark is the winner of three Juno Awards, an appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, and the University of Alberta’s Distinguished Scholar in Residence.

Susan has long been interested in and actively promotes Aboriginal culture and education amoung Inuit, First Nations and Métis youth. Her visit to Augustana was intended to encourage Aboriginal students to persevere in their post-secondary studies and raise awareness of Aboriginal issues with the larger campus community. With the Faith & Life Chapel near capacity, Susan Aglukark captivated students, staff and community members by sharing stories of her rise to fame as well as some of the challenges she’s faced on her journey. Weaving words with music, her presentation included four songs from her award winning catalogue that left the audience inspired by her message of hope, spirit and encouragement.

After her performance, Susan joined the Aboriginal Students Office at a private reception, taking time to speak with Aboriginal students, Aboriginal staff, community Elders and supporters of the Office. Those in attendance were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet this renowned yet down-to-earth Aboriginal artist.

Having opened its doors in September 2007, this was the first big event organized by the Aboriginal Students Office. The Office is looking forward to the opportunity of having Susan back on campus in the years ahead.

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