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

New: A Promise is a Promise and The Curse of the Shaman are available in E Book format

iTunes, Google Play and Kindle



 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.


T is for Territories

T is for Territories


In T is for Territories: A Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut Alphabet, acclaimed storyteller Michael Kusugak gives an A-Z tour of Canada’s three territories, the northern region of the country that is a giant in size, history, and culture.



The Littlest Sled DogThe Littlest Sled Dog


Igvillu is a little dog with big dreams. One of her favorite dreams is of becoming a sled dog. When Igvillu is adopted from her kennel by an Inuit storyteller and moves to northern Canada, she comes face-to-face with real sled dogs.

Igvillu loves living in the North, chasing siksiks and dreaming about her future. She’s a dog who believes anything is possible! Read more


How Do You Say That? NEW!

We have recently added a new section to each of our stories. On the stories page, click the book covers to find the new “How Do You Say That” area to learn how to say the Inuktitut words.