BREAKING WICC 2019 NEWS:  Academy Award Winner Buffy Sainte-Marie & Juno Award Winner Susan Aglukark will be performing at the AFNIGC – WICC 2019 Gala on September 18, 2019.  Both Sainte-Marie & Aglukark have garnered a reputation as proud & strong Canadian Indigenous Women who captivated their global audiences with their music, activism, humanitarian efforts, culture, and knowledge!  The World Indigenous Cancer Conference is proud and beyond excited to have these beautiful Indigenous Women joining the fight against Indigenous Cancer.

Buffy Sainte-Marie Bio:

Buffy Sainte-Marie is touring constantly, and coming off her critically acclaimed, award-winning 2015 album Power in the Blood, nobody could ever accuse the Academy Award-winning songwriter of taking it easy. Since her groundbreaking debut, 1964’s It’s My Way!, the Cree singer-songwriter has been a trailblazer and a tireless advocate, an innovative artist, and a disruptor of the status quo.

Sainte-Marie has spent her whole life creating, and her artistry, humanitarian efforts, and Indigenous leadership have made her a unique force in the music industry. In 1969, she made one of the world’s first electronic vocal albums; in 1982 she became the only Indigenous person to win an Oscar; she spent five years on Sesame Street where she became the first woman to breastfeed on national television. She’s been blacklisted and silenced. She’s written pop standards sung and recorded by the likes of Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Donovan, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes. She penned “Universal Soldier,” the definitive anti-war anthem of the 20th century. She is an icon who keeps one foot firmly planted on both sides of the North American border, in the unsurrendered territories that comprise Canada and the USA.  In 2017’s climate of damaging #fakenews and toxic hubris, Buffy Sainte-Marie’s incisive honesty, clarity, and intelligent compassion stand out in sharp relief.

Susan Aglukark Bio:

Singer/songwriter Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique artists and a leading voice in Canadian music. She blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. The emotional depth and honesty of her lyrics; her pure, clear voice and themes of hope, spirit, and encouragement have captivated and inspired listeners from all walks of life. Susan has held command performances for HRH Queen Elizabeth (twice), Canadian Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and Brian Mulroney and the President of France, Jacques Chirac. She has performed for Nelson Mandela and Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson as well as several other dignitaries. Susan was invited into the Order of Canada and was presented her Officer of the Order of Canada award in September of 2005 for her contribution both musically and as a workshop facilitator and mentor in the aboriginal community and was awarded the Governor Generals Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award in June of 2016.

Awards include: 3 Juno Awards presented by the Canadian Association of Recording Arts & Sciences; the first-ever Aboriginal Achievement Award in Arts & Entertainment, and the Canadian Country Music Association’s Vista Rising Star Award, along with several other CCMA nominations.

Gala tickets are limited so make sure to purchase them with your WICC 2019 Conference Registration.  If you have already registered and did not purchase your gala ticket, you can make changes to your registration by contacting WICC 2019 Coordinator, Vernon J Chiefmoon at admin@wicc2019.com or at 403-461-1846.  If you have not registered yet to attend the 2019 World Indigenous Cancer Conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada from Sept. 16-19, 2019, do so now before the conference sells out!  Visit our website for more information!  Visit our website for more information!

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