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About the Event

Thank you for your interest in joining acclaimed Inuit storyteller and author Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak, known widely for A Promise is a Promise, co-written with Robert Munsch.

Learn more about Michael and his life’s work here and watch a clip of Michael’s illustrated storytelling here.

Session Details:

In this special one hour session and 30 minute Q & A with Michael, Michael will take participants on a captivating journey of his Arctic life and Inuit culture through storytelling and an interactive presentation. As a Residential School Survivor and as a teacher of a traditional way of life, Michael will share first-hand narratives tailored for a JIBC audience, to inspire new understanding, cultural awareness and celebration of Inuit and the many gifts and capacities Inuit share with the globe.

Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak’s Bio

Michael grew up in Repulse Bay, NWT (now Naujaat Nunavut). During his childhood, his family travelled by dog sled, living a traditional Inuit lifestyle. He is the author of many children’s books including:

A Promise Is A Promise, Baseball Bats for Christmas, Hide and Sneak, Northern Lights: The Soccer Trails, My Arctic 1, 2, 3, Arctic Stories, Who Wants Rocks, his most recent titles include: his first novel for children, The Curse of the Shaman, The Littlest Sled Dog, T is for Territories and 5 leveled Readers in the Northern Series and his latest book, The Most Amazing Bird

Michael’s books have been nominated for many awards. Northern Lights the Soccer Trails won the Ruth Schwartz Award, the best children’s book in Canada in 1993. Michael was also awarded the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award in 2008 for a body of work in Children’s Literature.

Michael Kusugak recently moved to Arnes Manitoba to allow him better access to travel for touring. Michael continues to write and travel extensively throughout Canada, the United States and the world telling stories. Recently during the COVID 19 pandemic Michael tells stories online to children in schools all across Canada from his home studio.