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Looking for a fun, safe, Indigenous tourism experience this summer? Celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage at Summer Solstice Festival North (SSFN), a 5 day festival with activities you can enjoy virtually from the comfort of your own home or in person at our drive-in event! Taking place from Thursday June 17 to Sunday June 21, this event serves an important role in bringing a part of the long-standing Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (SSIF) to Northern Ontario. SSFN will include virtual activities offered by its sister event SSIF, providing a wonderful opportunity for Canadians of all walks of life to celebrate Indigenous cultures in meaningful ways. Join us in recognizing the enormous contributions that Inuit, First Nations and Métis peoples have made to Canada.

This event is brought to you by Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation and Indigenous Tourism Ontario in alignment, support of, and collaboration with SSIF.

 

June 17: Skode - Indigenous Tourism Finalist Pitches (Virtual)

In Anishinaabemowin, Skode means fire! Join us as we celebrate Indigenous entrepreneurs and the ideas that light the fire within their hearts. Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) and the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab have partnered to launch the Skode Program in Ontario, a friendly Indigenous tourism take on Dragons’ Den. Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs, businesses, community groups and non-profits have been encouraged to bring forward new tourism ideas and experiences that authentically represent, celebrate and promote Indigenous culture, heritage, language, cuisine and communities in Ontario.

Watch the finalists make their live pitches to the judges and find out who wins on June 17th from 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM! Register here.

 

June 18: Culinary Session with Chef Joseph Shawana (Virtual)

Chef Joseph ShawanaCook along at home with culinary expert Chef Joseph Shawana as he prepares fresh Ontario rainbow trout paired with a delicious medley of traditional corn and fresh herbs with wild ramps. All required materials will be delivered to your door, or purchase your own materials and follow along with the video instruction. Meal kits are available for 2 or 4 guests!

Meal kits can be purchased until June 15th at 12:00pm. Purchase a ticket to secure a delicious meal kit while quantities last!

 

June 19: Summer Solstice Festival North Drive-in event

Watch an electrifying 2.5 hour video stream of SSIF’s Celebration Stage showcasing the visual stories of incredible Indigenous artists Kanen, Logan Staats, Mamarudegyal Mthc, Morgan Toney, Nimkii, Shawnee Kish, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, and The North Sound, highlighting perspectives and meditations on connection to land/place, identity, and their creative process on a drive-in screen from the safety of your vehicle!

This mobile "mini" travelling version of SSIF (hosted in Ottawa) also includes delicious Indigenous picnic snacks offered by Hiawatha's Catering, available for pre-order when purchasing tickets. Choose between a single serving for $20 or a double serving for $35!

Buckle your seatbelts for the finale! North Star Drone Shows will light up the night sky with 200 drones to tell an original First Nation story by Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation member, Herbie Barnes, about the Summer Solstice.

Click here to purchase a ticket and secure your spot at the SSFN Drive in event!

Please note that we collect contact information during registration for contact tracing purposes.

 

June 20: Culinary Session with Chef Billy Alexander (Virtual)

From the comfort of your home, follow along Chef Billy Alexander in a virtual culinary workshop as he guides you in the preparation of an amazing meal featuring venison loin rack, a sweet sauce made with torched sweetgrass and a beet, butternut squash stack with traditional corn. All required materials will be delivered to your door, or purchase your own materials and follow along with the video instruction. Meal kits are available for 2 or 4 guests

Meal kits can be purchased until June 15th at 12:00pm. Purchase a ticket to secure a delicious meal kit while quantities last!

 

June 21: Indigenous Day Celebration & Concert

Checkout SSIF’s Indigenous Day Celebration and closing concert on June 21st here. More details to come on how to tune in virtually… Stay tuned!

To ensure the safety of all visitors and Manitoulin Island residents, SSFN will consult with and submit COVID-19 protocols to the Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit for their guidance and approval. Current protocols require attendees to remain in their vehicles. There is no alcohol permitted on the premises.

Check out other amazing affiliated SSIF events here!

 

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