Susan Avingaq was born on the land and moved to the community of Igloolik, Nunavut, in the mid-1970s.
Production Designer and Co-Screenwriter Susan Avingaq has been a regular participant in Arnait Film's projects since its inception. She was a key member of the production team for Qulliq, Ataguttaluk Starvation and Piujuq and Angutautuq as writer, actor and musician.
A renowned storyteller and seamstress/artist in the Baffin region, she is also active locally in teaching sewing traditions to younger Inuit women. Her family still hunts and camps on the land part of the year. She loves to go camping and fishing whenever she can and often brings new people along to teach them these land skills. She enjoys sewing and teaching younger people important cultural practices. She has many grandchildren, whom she likes to share her stories with.
In 2016 and 2017 Susan became one of four master storytellers and elder advisors to the Inuit Play Kiviuq Returns, which premiered at the National Arts Centre in July 2017, and showcased internationally at Nunatta Isigiinartitsisarfia - The National Theatre School of Greenland. Susan has also mentored as a knowledge keeper for Pisiit Nunattiniit (Arctic Song) and was awarded the Lifetime Acheivement Award for her contributions to the arts by Qaggiavuut in 2018.