Family and Culture

Interactive programming for the whole family!

JOIN US FOR FAMILY FUN AND CULTURE

Weekly colouring contests for all ages with artwork created by 3 Indigenous artists Pam Callou, Cristi Belcourt and Jason Gullo

Indigenous Walks through Ottawa neighbourhoods to learn history, stories and indigenous perspectives

Algonquin language bingo

Virtual journeys into the bush with Algonquin birchbark craftsmen

A virtual visit to the Arctic Gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Programming

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Museum of Nature Virtual Programming

Jun 01, 2020

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Weekly Colouring Contests

Jun 01, 2020

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Inuit Face Tattoos With Heather Campbell

Jun 07, 2020

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UNDERSTANDING CULTURAL VALUES with Dr. Cathy Martin

Jun 08, 2020

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KAKWITENE 2020 - AN INTERACTIVE VR EXPERIENCE

Jun 08, 2020

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Algonquin Trilingual Bingo With Samantha Tenasco

Jun 09, 2020

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Indigenous Walks In Landsdowne Park With Jaime Morse

Jun 10, 2020

Due to technical difficulties, we will postpone this event. Stay tuned!

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Iroquois FLUTE & CULTURE​

Jun 14, 2020

Performed by David Maracle - World Renown Artist and Musician

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Indigenous Walks Within Your Neighbourhood With Jaime Morse

Jun 17, 2020

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Indigenous Walks Within Your Neighbourhood With Jaime Morse

Jun 17, 2020

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Jun 07, 2020

INUIT FACE TATTOOS WITH HEATHER CAMPBELL​

Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario and Canadian Heritage presents: Inuit Face Tattoos with Heather Campbell

  • Jun 07, 2020

INUIT FACE TATTOOS WITH HEATHER CAMPBELL​

Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario and Canadian Heritage presents: Inuit Face Tattoos with Heather Campbell

Pow Wow Pump

Presented by Nyla Carpentier

Nyla Carpentier (Tahltan, Kaska, French, Scottish) is a multifaceted performing artist currently residing in North Vancouver. She's an actor, writer, powwow dancer and workshop facilitator. Nyla started to dance at powwows when she was in tiny tots and now has over 30 years of experiences. She shares her experience by teaching the various powwow styles with focus on the fancy shawl, sharing the dance steps and the history. In 2011, in partnership with Raven Spirit Dance Company, she started the popular Powwow Bootcamp series.

Pow Wow Pump

Presented by Josee Bourgeois

Josée is an Algonquin First Nations multi-disciplinary artist who was born in Ottawa and raised mostly in Toronto. She began her dance journey as a gymnast and contemporary dancer with training from Flames of Hope. Josée was able to build a strong foundation of passion for stage performance with a drive to bring creation through dance at a very early age. When she began her first year of high school, she was signed to the Ford International modelling agency and began a lengthy journey as one of Canada’s only First Nations high fashion models. At the age of 23, she made a profound decision to begin learning Pow Wow dancing and her life completely shifted through this decision.

Josée has focused her lifestyle over the past 12 years to traveling as a Fancy Shawl and Jingle dress dancer on the Eastern Pow Wow Trail, making roots with her son Little Thunder, creating a positive impact through dance arts on her ancestral Algonquin territory and collaborating with artist like DJ Shub, DJ Classic Roots, and DJ Rise Ashen. Other highlights of Josée’s dancing journey include studying under Victoria Hunt at the Banff Centre, dancing in National Arts Centre’s Wild West Show- Gabriel Dumont Story, and performing as Kina Nimiwag (Contemporary Pow wow dance troupe) in the opening act for the Backstreet Boys at Ottawa’s Bluesfest 2019. Josée is committed to continuing trailblazing and reclaiming space as an Algonquin Artist all over Turtle Island and across the world.

Pow Wow Pump

Presented by Santee Smith

Santee Smith / Tekaronhiáhkhwa is an award winning multidisciplinary artist, director and producer from the Kahnyen’kehàka Nation, Six Nations. She is the founding and managing Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre which is celebrating their 15th Anniversary in 2020. Santee’s artistic work speaks about identity and Indigenous narratives. Her body of work includes 14 productions and numerous short works which tour nationally and internationally. She is a sought after teacher and speaker on Indigenous performance and is the Chancellor of McMaster University.

Insta + Twitter: @santeesmith and @kahawidance
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/santee.smith1
www.kahawidance.org

Indigenous Walks Series

Presented by Jaime Morse

Take a virtual walk with Jaime Morse through Ottawa’s streets and outdoor green spaces to learn about the city’s Indigenous history and about the social, political and cultural issues from an Indigenous perspective, including the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Jaime’s Indigenous Walks provides the public with an opportunity to become aware of who Indigenous people are in a safe, interesting and caring environment. Jaime Morse, who is Michif (Métis), with Nehiyaw (Cree) and German ancestry, started Indigenous Walks program five years ago in Ottawa.

Inuit Face Tattoos with Heather Campbell

*FREE PUBLIC EVENT*
Hosted by Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, Knock on Wood Communications & Events and Indigenous Experiences.


Learn about Inuit face tattoos from renowned Inuit artist Heather Campbell. Heather will teach you face painting using Inuit tattoo designs. Heather’s art was recently in a touring group exhibition "SakKijajuk: Inuit Fine Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut." She is in collections including the Canadian Museum of History, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and Carleton University. You can pick up face paint at Michaels Art Stores, Dollar Stores and other places in Ottawa.

Presented by Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario and Canadian Heritage

Colouring
Contest

*FREE PUBLIC EVENT*
Hosted by Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival
Artists: Carissa Metcalfe-Coe and Norman Igloopialik


Spend some time at home with your family, exploring Indigenous arts and culture with our colouring contest. Featuring art from First Nations, Metis and Inuit artists. Weekly prizes for all ages.

Prizes each week and for each age group. All prizes are Michaels Gift cards to support our young, budding artists with whatever art supplies spark their interest.

Museum of Nature Virtual programming

*FREE PUBLIC EVENT*
Hosted by Canadian Museum of Nature


Playlist of six Myrna Pokiak videos from Qilalukkat
Accompany a modern Inuvialuit family in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, on their annual whale harvest and learn about their culture and traditional practices.

Canada Goose Arctic Gallery tour
Experience Canada’s North in this virtual tour of the Museum’s Canada Goose Arctic Gallery.

Canadian Museum of Nature on CBC Curio.ca - Arctic. Land of Change
Explore the Arctic as a land of evolution and adaptation with this collection of videos from the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Canadian Museum of Nature research on C-3
The Canada C3 expedition was a research platform for a pan-Canadian collection of examples of aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity. This video provides commentary from the scientific staff members who took part in the expedition.

Lichens: Corals of the Arctic Tundra
Learn about the diversity of lichens in Canada’s Arctic. This video is part of the museum’s annual Ignite event, featuring snappy science stories shared in five minutes.

Opening Virtual Smudge w/ Algonquin elder Annie Smith St. George

*FREE PUBLIC EVENT*
Aired on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 6 PM – 6:30 PM


Join Algonquin elder Annie Smith St. George for a Smudge Ceremony and Teaching to mark the official start of the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival - Virtual Edition and to acknowledge our "gathering" on Algonquin Anishinaabeg traditional territory. Grab your medicines and join our Elder in a virtual smudge as she officially opens the celebrations.

Annie Smith St-Georges is a well known Algonquin Traditional Elder born and raised on the Kitigan-Zibi reservation near Maniwaki. Daughter of a trapper, she has acquired many teachings from her grand-father, her uncle the internationally renowned Grand Father William Commanda and from many aboriginal elders from across North America.

Her teachings are based on respecting Mother Earth and all its creatures, spirituality and promoting harmony among each other. She also holds a teaching certificate from the University of Quebec and had worked for several years as a federal civil servant.

Understanding Cultural Value Systems For Better Governance With Indigenous Populations

Presented by Dr. Cathy Martin, Ed.D.

Dr. Cathy Martin, Ed.D. is a Mi’gmaq woman who was raised and resided most of her life in the Listuguj First Nation. Dr. Martin is a professional consultant in education, administration and research; and a published author. She is also a First Nation’s politician with interests in both community and National politics. Dr. Martin has a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Martin has been an elected member of council for three terms for the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government; two of those terms she was elected Chief Councillor. Dr. Martin has recently written and published: “STRENGTHENING CANADIAN INDIGENOUS RELATIONHIPS AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES: A Practical Professional Development Framework Guide for First Nation Leaders, Government leaders, and non-government organizations who interact with Canadian Indigenous people.”

In this two-part video series, Doctor Cathy Martin will talk to you about value systems. Part 1: Understanding cultural value systems for better professional relationships Part 2: Merging the value systems for better governance for Indigenous leaders, government leaders and organizational leaders who interact with Indigenous populations.

Format: 2 Part Video
Date: June 8

Dr. Cathy Martin's book Strengthening Canadian Indigenous Relationships is available for purchase in the Market.

Kakwitene 2020

Kakwitene 2020 is a 3D environ designed by MoniGarr.com for Indigenous-Experiences.ca

It shows the visuals of what the Onkwehonwe artist sees when hearing the Kanien’keha phrase ‘Kakwitene’ (pronounced: gah gwih deh neh). The flowers, insects, vines are inspired by Indigenous Woodland raised beadwork, art, culture and languages.

MoniGarr is an Indigenous VR Performance artist from Akwesasne that produces XR experiences for Indigenous Futurism, Language Revival & Retention projects that can be heard & seen on computers, virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, 360 films, interactive films, video games and as 3D printed objects.

Iroquois flute
& culture

Performed by David Maracle - World Renown Artist and Musician
David R. Maracle has been crafting his artistry since 1985, from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, bringing to life the ancestral teachings of the Haudenosaunee People’s ways of life into his magnificent Stone Carvings. Not only a World Renown Sculptor of Stone, David has released over 17 Musical compilations and albums over the last 18 years. David has received two Gold Records from the Recording Industry RIAA, for his world ambient sounds of the Iroquoian Flute, and Multi-Instrumental fusion of sounds, with rare world instruments that he has mastered over his successful career. He has also won various Canadian Aboriginal Music awards as well over his wonderful Musical career.

Date: June 14
Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm

Science Experiments at Home

Presented by Let's Talk Science

Try some fun science experiments at home or in the classroom. Many of the activities only use paper and water so you do not need a bunch of fancy equipment. Follow along with these short videos from Let's Talk Science who are committed to developing youth who are creative, critical thinkers and knowledgeable citizens prepared to participate and thrive in a complex global environment.

Ravens: Messengers of Change

Presented by The Legacy of Hope Foundation

The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF), in partnership with KAIROS, has developed a resource designed to create awareness and action for Reconciliation in Canada. This resource includes an activity, called ‘Building a Tree of Reconciliation’ which works by engaging groups with information and concepts about Indigenous Peoples and then applying this information to create new understandings that empower people to take informed action for Reconciliation. The activity can be used with participants as young as elementary students up to, and including, adults. It can be a tool for the classrooms in school settings, community groups, offices, and with anyone who shares a desire to learn more and pursue thoughtful action towards achieving Reconciliation.

Indigenous Walks Series

Presented by Jaime Morse

Take a virtual walk with Jaime Morse through Ottawa’s streets and outdoor green spaces to learn about the city’s Indigenous history and about the social, political and cultural issues from an Indigenous perspective, including the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Jaime’s Indigenous Walks provides the public with an opportunity to become aware of who Indigenous people are in a safe, interesting and caring environment. Jaime Morse, who is Michif (Métis), with Nehiyaw (Cree) and German ancestry, started Indigenous Walks program five years ago in Ottawa.

Algonquin Trilingual Bingo

Presented by Samantha Tenasco

Samantha Tenasco will be calling for the Algonquin Trilingual Bingo live tonight at 7pm. She will call the numbers in English and a combination of Algonquin and French.
Tonights prizes for Algonquin Trilingual Bingo are as follows:
L - $100
X -$100
T-$100
Full Card - $200