The Summer Solstice Festival takes place June 21st – 23rd at MĀDAHÒKÌ FARM, a spectacular tourism experience and gathering place in Ottawa’s Greenbelt. MĀDAHÒKÌ, which means “to share land” in Anishinaabe, builds on the growing interest in agritourism, farm-to-table culinary experiences and authentic cultural experiences from an Indigenous perspective. It is also the year-round home of an Indigenous Marketplace selling products made by Indigenous artisans, the permanent home of a small but growing herd of endangered Ojibwe Spirit Horses and other interesting attractions.

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Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival 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 Indigenous Festival (SSIF) takes place during National Indigenous History Month and coincides with National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD)  

June 21, 2023 marks the national anniversary of celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples!

Also known as Summer Solstice, June 21st is the longest day of the year and throughout history and across continents a time for Indigenous cultural celebration. 

Summer Solstice Festivals are produced by Indigenous Experiences on behalf of the National Indigenous Peoples Day Committee (NIPD) comprising national organizations representing Canada’s indigenous communities. 

For over twenty years, NIPD/ Summer Solstice events in the National Capital Region have created opportunities for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the culture and contributions of  Inuit, First Nations and Métis peoples. 

a closer look at our logo

Our logo, resembling the sun, is composed of unique imagery from the Métis, Inuit & First Nations communities coming together in Ottawa to celebrate National Aboriginal Day at Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival.

Our Colours

The brand colour scheme was taken from an image of a sunset on a Summer solstice and were chosen for warmth, energy and joy.

Inuit Ulu

This shape represents Inuit culture by symbolizing an all-purpose knife traditionally used by Inuit people.

Métis Finger Weaving

Symbolizing light rays as well as Métis finger weaving, this element represents Métis people.

First Nations Feather

A symbol that represents the numerous First Nations people in Canada.

Light Rays

Emphasizing light, sun, and celebration.