Jun 24, 2022
June 21 is the National Indigenous Day and the occasion to commemorate, and honour the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. On this day, we also observe the summer solstice, day of maximum daylight, which holds a major place in the culture of Indigenous peoples.
To mark the summer solstice, the Indigenous community from across Ottawa is coming together for an annual Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, which is taking place from June 21-26 at the Mādahòkì Farm at 4420 West Hunt Club Road. Artists of all genres come together to bring extraordinary and breathtaking cultural performances to Ottawa residents.
To better connect with Ottawa's Indigenous community, the Ottawa Public Library will also be at the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival on Saturday, June 25 with its mini Bookmobile, featuring a special collection of books and resources by Indigenous authors and on Indigenous themes. Helpful staff can provide information on OPL’s wide-ranging services and even sign up new cardholders on the spot.
Make the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival part of your plans for the weekend; enjoy music, artistry, traditional knowledge, author readings, and more at the Mādahòkì Farm.
If you are looking for some other great readings, check out the Indigenous page where OPL staff have put together a special collection in honour of the National Indigenous History Month. OPL is also presenting readers with free digital access to Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, musician and scholar Leanne Betasamosake Simpson throughout the month of June. Readers have simultaneous access to the English (eBook and eAudio) on Overdrive and the French (eBook) on Cantook Station from June 1-30.