Celebrating National Aboriginal Day: how can you get involved?

  1. Ottawa Summer Solstice Aboriginal Festival at Vincent Massey Park

Ottawa, ON
Friday, June 17 - Monday, June 20
The Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival is a family-oriented multi-disciplinary arts festival that began in 2008, and attracts over 45,000 visitors a year. It includes a powwow, mainstage, interactive arts and a multitude of food and art vendors. This event stays true to diversity each year, including headliners and workshop leaders from the Métis, Inuit and First Nations communities.

  1. Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York National Historic Site

Toronto, ON
Friday June 17 – Sunday June 19
Located in downtown Toronto, The Indigenous Arts Festival celebrates traditional and contemporary music, arts, vendors and food created by indigenous artists. Featuring incredible artists such as Juno Award winner Leela Gilday, this event is presented by Fort York and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.

  1. Métis Nation of Ontario National Aboriginal Day Celebration at Pembroke Marina

Pembroke, ON
Tuesday, June 21 starting at 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
A free event for all ages. Hosted by the Métis Nation of Ontario, this celebration has many activities including a health fair, music, singing, crafts, canoe rides and more.

  1. Métis Nation of Ontario National Aboriginal Day at The Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre

Owen Sound, ON
Tuesday, June 21 starting at 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Join the Métis Nation of Ontario on the traditional site of Mudtown. Celebrate National Aboriginal Day with smudging, drumming, games and a poetry reading about Owen Sound’s Metis history.

  1. Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

Midland, ON
Tuesday, June 21
Sainte-Marie will offer First Nations singing, drumming and dancing. First Nations displays and demonstrations include kid’s heritage crafts, waterway and lacrosse demonstrations, Native crafters, and more. Restaurant Sainte-Marie will offer a special themed menu, providing delicious original recipes including “Three Sisters Soup” made from corn, beans, and squash.

  1. Native Canadian Centre of Toronto Aboriginal History Month Celebration

Toronto, ON
Thursday, June 23, starting at 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Hosting its 7th annual Aboriginal History Month Celebration at Yonge & Dundas Square, this celebration has an exciting line-up including a powwow dance performance, youth talent show, fashion show, craft vendors and a performance by Blackstone.

Can’t take part in the action but still want to be involved in the conversation? Follow and use #NADCanada online to participate!

For the past 10 years, OTEC has partnered with various aboriginal communities across Ontario to provide culturally relevant skills training, develop the workforce and positively reshape our province’s future for indigenous tourism. Some of our partners include the Métis Nation of Ontario, Aboriginal Experiences, Arts & Culture, Seven Generations Education Institution and Great Spirit Circle Trail.

To learn more about OTEC and its involvement with communities across the province, please click here


Jamie is OTEC’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Jamie enjoys travelling, exploring Toronto's culinary scene and spending time with her friends and family.

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