5 highlights on the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival schedule
Celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage June 20 to 23 at Vincent Massey Park
From June 20 to 23, the Ottawa Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival will celebrate the different aspects of Indigenous culture at Vincent Massey Park. The festival strives to raise awareness about Indigenous cultures and issues, while also recognizing the contributions of Inuit, First Nations and Métis peoples.
CBC Ottawa is proud to partner with the Ottawa Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival. This year's lineup of activities is full of family-friendly, educational and entertaining events. Here are five highlights you won't want to miss.
For more information about the festival, visit www.ottawasummersolstice.ca.
1. Taste some traditional food at FEAST
- RECIPE | Enjoy the summer solstice with this Inuit-inspired dish
- RECIPE | Pikoodinigan, the way kokom used to make
This year's festival introduces the inaugural INDIGICHEF Indigenous Culinary Competition with participating chefs from all across Canada. The competition includes FEAST on Friday, June 21 with ticketed guests sampling and judging the chefs' creations. CBC Ottawa is giving away tickets to FEAST. Tune in to CBC Ottawa News at 6 to find out how to enter.
Local Indigenous chef Cezin Nottaway will be on site as the host chef. Keep following CBC Ottawa for a special series all about food and community featuring Nottoway, coming later this summer.
2. World champion hoop dancer takes the stage
Dallas Arcand, a 3-time world champion hoop dancer, has performed at the 2010 and 2012 Olympics and this weekend he will be taking the stage at the Ottawa Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival.
3. 'Blackbird' singer goes from YouTube to the Ottawa Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival
- Meet the N.S. teenager who sang Blackbird by The Beatles entirely in Mi'kmaq
- Mi'kmaq Blackbird singer gets huge shoutout from Paul McCartney
16-year-old Emma Stevens is a must-see on the Summer Solstice stage. She released a stunning cover of The Beatles "Blackbird" in Mi'kmaq on YouTube that instantly went viral and received a huge shout-out from songwriter Paul McCartney.
4. Feel the heartbeat at this music workshop
At this interactive workshop on Friday, June 21, visitors have the opportunity to explore "the heartbeat of Mother Earth," which includes an opportunity to play horn rattles and hide drums, while also learning a traditional dance. This is just one of several workshops taking place over the course of the festival.
5. International Competition Pow Wow brings singers and dancers together
The heart of the festival is the International Competition Pow Wow on June 22 and 23. This competition attracts some of the best singers and dancers from across North America. The Grand Entry associated with the competition Pow Wow is an audience favourite.