Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival
About Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (June 1-21, 2021)
Established in Ottawa in 1996, the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (SSIF) is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that brings together Indigenous artists, performers, educators, students, and community members to share knowledge and celebrate Canada’s diverse Indigenous cultures. Summer Solstice Festivals are produced by Indigenous Experiences on behalf of the National Indigenous Peoples Day Committee (NIPD) comprising the following six (6) organizations representing Indigenous communities across Canada: Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Council of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP), National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) the co-host this year, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC).
In 2020, the former 4-day live event transformed to a month-long virtual festival coinciding with National Indigenous History Month and culminating on National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21st). This year, virtual programming includes The SSIMAs a new national Indigenous music awards program; Education Days bringing together thousands of students and hundreds of teachers online; streamed performances; interactive family activities; arts and crafts, culinary and cultural workshops with make-at-home DIY kits delivered to registered participants; an International Competition Social Distance Pow Wow with $40,000 to be won; and the Indigenous Marketplace which has been operating online since reopening last October for the 2020 holiday season. The Festival will open and close with drive-in movies and concerts at a local Ottawa venue.