May 082013




Susan Aglukark, aboriginal (Inuit) singer, songwriter and activist was born in Churchill, Canada on January 27, 1967.   She was one of seven children born to a Pentecostal Minister.  She experienced prejudice and racism while at school and later used the painful experiences for her songs.  Susan has twice performed for Queen Elizabeth II and won three  Canadian Grammy Awards.

Susan later moved to work as a linguist in Ottawa, ( Canada’s capital).  Her translation of aboriginal languages gave her information and access to problems and initiations.  While in Ottawa Susan became involved in the music industry and released her first album, “This Child.”  Drawing on her personal experiences of social issues she sang about child abuse, alcoholism and suicide as well as the beauty of the land and the pride of being a native person.  Susan has been associated with the Royal Canadian Police in efforts to help aboriginal persons dealing with drugs and violence in their communities.  She co-founded “The Aboriginal Literacy Initiative” and became the spokesperson for “Empowering our Little Sisters.”  Susan was awarded the National Aboriginal Achievement Award and several honorary university degrees.

The following song, “O Siem” rocketed to number one on the Canadian Country/Folk Charts.

O SIEM is from the Album “This Child.”Unknown-1

* O Siem, is an Inuit greeting and translates in a number of ways:    “We are Family”   or “We are One”.    Susan is extending “O Siem” to the human race, as if saying, “Stop the wars, racism, homophobia, misogyny, we are the human family.”

Here are the lyrics:

O Siem, We are all family,

O Siem, We’re all the same

O Siem, The Fires of freedom

Dance in the burning flame


Siem o siyeya, all people rich and poor

Siem o siyeya

Those who do and do not know

Siem o siyeya

Of those who know because they try

And watch the walls come tumbling down


O Siem, We are all family

O Siem, we’re all the same

O Siem, the fires of freedom

Dance in the burning flame


Siem o siyeya

All people of the world

Siem o siyeya

It’s time to make the turn

Siem o siyeya

A chance to share your heart



THE INUKSUK is a symbolic of Inuit  culture.  It stood for a point of reference, a marker for travel in the vast whiteness of the Arctic, or an indicated of hunting grounds or camps.  The Inupiat people in northern Alaska used the inuksuk to assist in the herding of caribou.  We need it to stand for our own direction in life Susan Aglukark, is a living inuksuk for us all.

ᐃᓄᒃᓱᒃ, plural ᐃᓄᒃᓱᐃᑦ;   writing for the word “inuksuk.



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