Education Days

Teachers and Parents: Need some TLC in June? Let SSIF handle some of the Tuesday and Thursday planning for you with educational, and entertaining activities. Education day workshops include a natural art project, author readings, an Inuit culture presentation and more! TGIT!

Are you a teacher? Are you a student? Let us make your days a little bit easier, and a whole lot more exciting with SSIF Education Days in June.

We had thousands of students and hundreds of teachers across Canada participate in SSIF Education Days last year.


Most of our 2021 programming including expert-led workshop videos, live performances and cultural presentations, is available year-round for on-demand viewing. Supply lists, instruction sheets and other resources can be downloaded from individual event pages. 
The Legacy Artist Showcase is made possible with funding from The Canada Council for the Arts.

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival LIVE Education Days

Mādahòkì Farm
4420 West Hunt Club Rd.
June 22nd - 24th, 2022

Join us for FREE performances and interactive workshops that share and celebrate the diverse Indigenous cultures of Canada. All of our programming is designed to encourage interaction and engagement with our Indigenous artists and knowledge keepers who will help bring the curriculum to life in a fun, authentic and appropriate way.

Concurrent Workshops, each 45 minutes long: 9:45 am, 10:45 am, and 12:30. Lunch time will be from 11:30 – 12:30

Please click on the link for the day you’d like to attend and complete the registration form. Only register using ONE form.

Please note that once we reach max capacity for the day we will not accept any more submissions for that form.

June 22 LIVE Education Days Registration form

June 23 LIVE Education Days Registration form

June 24 LIVE Education Days Registration form

Pow Wow Demonstration:
Interactive demonstration of a Pow Wow with drums, dancers including world champion hoop dancer Dallas Arcand.

Inuit Throat Singing:
Enjoy traditional throat singing performance and Inuit games demonstrations

Metis Games with Hank Rowlinson:
Get Physical trying some traditional Metis games like sack races and poison circle.

Spirit Horse stories with Rhonda Snow:
Meet the Ojibwe Spirit Horses and learn their history with stories and art from Rhonda Snow.

Interactive Artist Stations:
Art and Nature with Emily Brascoupe – Create your own visual art using elements of nature. Create paper birch bark baskets – Watch demonstration of birch bark biting and create your own paper birch bark basket, applying Algonquin designs and symbols

Reconciliation Rocks and Legacy Trail:
Students/teachers can add a message of reconciliation to their own orange rock and place it along our Legacy Trail which has interpretive signage to introduce natural plants and medicines found on the farm.

There will be many vendors of arts, crafts and food to help you enjoy your time on site between workshops and performances.

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival Virtual Education Days

June 2nd - 21st, 2022

We are excited to be able to bring our VIRTUAL Education Days back to teachers and students across Canada during the month of June, 2022. With the support of our partner BMO, we are able to bring the rich Indigenous culture to life for all students while they stay safe at home with interactive, educational and fun experiences that support the curriculum for all grades. 

For this year’s virtual Education Day series we will be providing participants with access to a password protected portal where they will be able to view pre-recorded and live videos and information packs for teachers. To gain access you will need to complete a different registration form which will be available soon.

Latest Past Events

Corn Husk Dolls: Story & Craft

Ottawa Public Library - Ruth E. Dickinson 100 Malvern Dr, Nepean

Participants of all ages will learn the story behind one of history’s oldest toys, the corn husk doll. They will learn the importance of community through these dolls. After talking...

Corn Husk Dolls: Story & Craft

Ottawa Public Library - Rockcliffe Park 380 Springfield Rd, Rockcliffe Park

Participants of all ages will learn the story behind one of history’s oldest toys, the corn husk doll. They will learn the importance of community through these dolls. After talking...

Other Events

  • Author Reading and Teaching: Nibi’s Water Song with Sunshine Tenasco

    Live premiere June 1st 1:00 pm EDT

    Sunshine Tenasco reads her book, Nibi's Water Song, a story about a young girl's search for clean water. Schools and students are invited to participate in writing a letter in support of the clean water petition if they wish. Sunshine Tenasco is Anishinabe from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Quebec. She is a mom of four kids...

    June 1, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Natural Printmaking with Emily Brascoupé-Hoefler, Algonquin artist

    Live premiere June 3rd 1:00 pm EDT

    Pre-registered Students/Teachers from Across Canada are invited to this pre-recorded art workshop and live Q&A with Emily Hoefler-Brascoupé. Collect flat natural objects, like leaves, flowers, flat pebbles, feathers and other items found in nature, to create prints from these natural materials. Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Emily Brascoupé-Hoefler studied visual art and photography at...

    June 3, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Artcirq : Inuit Culture & Northern Life

    Live premiere June 8th 1:00 pm EDT

    Pre-registered Students/Teachers from Across Canada are invited to this a documentary performance and live Q& A session with Circus Without Borders. The youth involved in this project will introduce themselves, and talk about how circus skills have been used to eliminate suicide in their community. Artcirq is an Inuit-performing arts collective with the mission to...

    June 8, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Summer Birds Storytelling and Stencil Print Art with Simon Brascoupé

    Live premiere June 10th 1:00 pm EDT

    Pre-registered Students and Teachers from across Canada are invited to this stencil print workshop which includes storytelling about the summer birds. Simon’s grandmother would tell him and his brothers the story of the summer birds, where a giant head kept birds in a large cage preventing spring and summer from coming. Participants will hear the...

    June 10, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Cultural Showcase with Prairie Fire, Tarniriik & Indigenous Experiences

    Live premiere June 15th, 1:00 EDT

    Metis Jigging - Praire Fire Jiggers Inuit Throat Singers - Tarniriik Pow Wow Teachings - Indigenous Experiences Pre-registered students and teachers from across Canada are invited to join Prairie Fire for a workshop designed to teach audiences about Metis culture and the joy of the jig. Tarniriik continues to share and perform Inuit throatsinging. Indigenous...

    June 15, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Author reading with Phyllis Webstad – Orange Shirt Day

    Live premiere June 17th 1:00 pm EDT

    Every year on September 30th, we wear orange shirts to honour residential school survivors. Orange Shirt Day grew out of Phyllis Webstad’s story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at residential school: a story told for the first time in May 2013 that subsequently became Phyllis'...

    June 17, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm