Did you know…
That June 21 is a significant date when Indigenous People across Canada traditionally gather and celebrate Summer Solstice, now officially declared National Aboriginal Day.
For the past twenty years, National Aboriginal Day events in the National Capital Region have created an opportunity for all residents to celebrate the culture and contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.
Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, a family-oriented multi-disciplinary arts festival is an event that truly represents the cultural diversity of the urban Indigenous community, with full participation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. This diversity within cultures is reflected in all elements of the event, from leadership to the selection of artists representing each of the Indigenous communities. Included are headliners and workshop leaders from the Métis, Inuit and First Nations communities.
APTN Aboriginal Day Live
On Wednesday June 21, you are invited to join the gathering that celebrates Indigenous cultures with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s Aboriginal Day Live across Canada. The celebration will take place in eight cities across Canada: Halifax, Montreal, here in Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Edmonton and Vancouver. Everyone is invited to join for free day celebrations and activities. At night, there will be live concert – on location in the host cities, via a live seven-hour television broadcast.
The Celebration and concerts will take place at Major’s Hill Park. Here’s a list of activities that include workshops, performances and interactive visual artist workshops.
In the evening, come and enjoy some of the most recognized entertainers in Aboriginal music and television. Emerging artists Relic Kings, Shawnee and Amanda Rheaume will kick things off on the Community Stage at 5:30 pm. This will be followed by a concert on the Main Stage featuring: Elisapie, Florent Vollant, Genevieve Fisher, Rhonda Head and Zachary Richard.
There is more …
On June 22-23, Aboriginal Experiences and Assembly of Seven Generations will present a special two-day Elders and Youth Gathering. It will take place on traditional Algonquin Territory in Vincent Massy Park. Tradition legend stories will be told each hour. Share a quiet moment with respected Elders. Details.
Vincent Massey Park: the centre of activity all weekend long
Starting on Friday June 23, you can experience PowWow, an exciting visual competition that attracts some of the best singers and dancers from across Turtle Island (aka North America.)
Get to the Main Stage …
Summer Solstice’s Main Stage will ignite with emerging, local and top talent. See Holly McNarland, Digging Roots, captivating story tellers and stunning new talent live all weekend long. Here’s the full list and schedule of activities and events.
Join the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival. It is all about culture, history, traditions and much more. Thanks to all the volunteers, families and organizations that have put this amazing festival together.
Stacey Diffin-Lafleur (@TheStacey) is an award-winning and regular contributor to Ottawatonite.com. Known for her wide network of connections, Stacey writes about music, restaurants, plays, festival and community events in the city. Find her on Facebook and LinkedIn.