Published on May 13, 2011 by Amy
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.
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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.