Ottawa

Where to find National Indigenous Peoples Day events

Looking to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in the Ottawa area? Here's where to do it.

Ottawa, Gatineau, Pembroke hosting celebrations

Dallas Arcand is a three-time world champion hoop dancer. He'll be performing at the 2019 Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival in Ottawa. (Brad Crowfoot Photography)

Ottawa: Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival

The big party — the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival — is happening until June 23 at Vincent Massey Park off Heron Road, and admission is free.

The pow wow competition is happening Saturday at noon and 6 p.m., and on Sunday at noon.

Musicians, dancers, vocalists and DJs will be performing on stage from Friday through Sunday, and there will be bingo in the Algonquin language and an Indigenous culinary competition.

At the visual arts pavilion on Friday, organizers are holding workshops on making medicine bags, rattles, hand drums and more. Registration is required for the workshops, and some charge a fee.

Teaching events with elders will also be held at the pavilion Friday on smudging, traditional medicine and other topics.

Other events happening throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday include stilt walkers, Métis games, facepainting, a colouring contest and more.

There's also an Indigenous marketplace.

Indigenous fusion cuisine, traditional teas and more will be on sale throughout the weekend, and on Friday from 6-9 p.m. an Indigenous feast is being held. Tickets for the feast cost $75.


Gatineau, Que.: Canadian Museum of History event

There will be speakers, performers and traditional refreshments from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday on the back lawn of the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau. If the weather is poor, the event will move indoors to the museum's Grand Hall.

Programming includes music by Nelson Tagoona, an Inuk throat singer and beat boxer from Nunavut; Emma Stevens, a Mi'kmaq singer, and a demonstration of traditional Métis voyageur games.


Pembroke, Ont.: 7th annual celebration

The city's seventh annual National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration is happening at Rotary Park this year starting at 10 a.m. on Friday.

The event will include teaching stations, a barbecue and more until 3 p.m.