The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (SSIF) helps Canadians of all walks of life to recognize the enormous contributions that Inuit, First Nations and Métis peoples have made to Canada.
With input from Indigenous Peoples’ national organizations, the Government of Canada designated June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD) to celebrate Indigenous peoples’ culture and heritage. This date was chosen because it is near or on the date of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. For generations, many Indigenous communities have celebrated their culture and heritage at this time of year.
For over twenty years, NIPD 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. The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is a family-oriented multi-disciplinary arts festival that attracts over 40,000 visitors a year.
NEW! A highlight of our 2018 Festival Theme, “From the Land,” is our Indigenous Culinary Experience! We offer free programming in the Indigenous Culinary Arts Pavilion (culinary demonstrations and displays) and treat your tastebuds to two ticketed experiences:
Two Long Table Feasts exquisitely catered by Indigenous celebrity Chef David Wolfman (Cooking with the Wolfman), with Chef Shane Chartrand, Chef Cezzin Nottoway, and others! (Tickets for sale soon! Feasts on June 22)
Elegant samples available in the Indigenous Culinary Arts Pavilion (tickets for sampling available on June 23 & 24)