National Speakers

Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak

Michael Kusugak

Michael Kusugak grew up in Repulse Bay, NWT (now Nunavut). During his childhood, his family travelled by dog sled, living a traditional Inuit lifestyle. He is the author of twelve children's books, including: The Littlest Sled Dog, The Curse of the Shaman, T is for Territories, Northern Lights: The Soccer Trails, winner of the Ruth Schwartz Award; Hide and Seek; My Arctic 1, 2, 3; and Baseball Bats for Christmas; and was co-writer of A Promise Is a Promise (with Robert Munsch). Michael Kusugak lives in Sooke BC, and spends most summers in  his cabin in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Michael is listed on the National Speakers Bureau. Click here read his full bio and learn more about Michael…




Michael Kusugak Awarded with The Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature

WTThe Writers’ Trust of Canada has awarded Michael Kusugak with The Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature in Toronto last evening November 17,2008.

The Vicky Metcalf Award honours a Canadian author of children’s literature whose body of work is judged to demonstrate the highest literary standards. This award was founded in 1963 by Vicky Metcalf, author of Journey Fantastic, with the purpose of stimulating the writing of literature for Canadian children.

As this award is given out to an author for a body of work it thereby recognizes all of Michael’s published works.


Awards and Accolades

StarVicky Metcalf Award for a body of work in Children’s Literature 2008
StarThe Curse of the Shaman was Short Listed for the Anskohk Award in 2 categories 2006
StarThe Curse of the Shaman was Short Listed for the Hackmatack Award 2007
StarNorthern Lights The Soccer Trails won Ruth Schwartz Award for Children’s Literature in1994
StarNorthern Lights The Soccer Trails was placed on the accolade list for the Aesop Prize in the United States


What's New? 

Michael has recently moved to Manitoba where he's closer to home and more central for travel in Canada. 





 Inuit Songs & Stories, Learn How to Throat Sing

What an amazing NEW resource this is!

Learn how to throat sing with this amazing tutorial. Six sample tracks are provided to practice along with.

Then, sit back and enjoy an oral retelling of the Kaugjagjuk story told by one of Canada's most renowned Inuit storytellers, Michael Kusugak.


New Books and Editions of his works are coming out in 2019 -2020!