Susan Aglukark named scholar in residence at University of Alberta

Canadian Inuit singer to mentor aboriginal artists on campus


The University of Alberta is enlisting some celebrity help to recruit students from Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.The university has given renowned Canadian Inuit singer and songwriter Susan Aglukark a distinguished scholar in residence position.

She will be a mentor to aboriginal artists on campus, and will help build a joint native studies, recreation, sport and community health degree program.

Aglukark will also serve as a consultant to the Canadian Circumpolar Institute and plans to lobby both provincial and federal governments to increase funding to aboriginal students.

In a release, she says she’s always had an interest in encouraging First Nation’s people to pursue post-secondary education.

She will be housed in the Faculty of Native studies for three days each month starting July 1.

-with a report from CP 

Filed under:

Susan Aglukark named scholar in residence at University of Alberta

  1. At the risk of sounding like a big old fanboy, this is just awesome. I’ve been a huge fan of Susan Aglukark for ages, ever since her breakout album This Child. I can’t speak from within an aboriginal identity, of course, but I’ve always had the sense from without that she’s very authentic about her roots in the community, yet manages to communicate that in a mainstream way that’s accessible to a much wider audience. That’s a rare skill in any artist, and it’s great to see her acknowledged for it.

Sign in to comment.