About NAD

 

The 21st of June has always marked a significant time, when Aboriginal People across Canada have traditionally gathered and celebrated the Summer Solstice. In 1996 the day was officially declared “National Aboriginal Day” (NAD). On June 4, 2009, the month of June was officially declared National Aboriginal History Month, with unanimous support, in order to “recognize the enormous contributions that First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples have made to Canada.” Declaring June National Aboriginal History Month “is one small step,” said NDP MP Jean Crowder, who introduced the motion. “Many communities already celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21st,” said Crowder. “Now I hope they plan more events to celebrate the history of Aboriginal peoples in their area and across Canada.”

For the past fourteen years, NAD events in the National Capital Region have created an opportunity for all residents to celebrate the culture and contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. In 2008, our event expanded into a three day event “Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival,” a new family-oriented multi-disciplinary arts festival that increased both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal audience participation. For our fifteenth annual celebration, 2011, the NAD committee of Ottawa will celebrate National Aboriginal History Month, for the first time, with 21 days of artistic programming in the National Capital Region. We are also celebrating a move to a much larger and more prominent venue – LeBreton Flats, next to the Canadian War Museum, allowing us enough space to host our first International Competition Pow Wow.

The Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival is one of the few Aboriginal Arts Events that truly represents the cultural diversity of our urban Aboriginal community, with full participation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. This diversity within our own cultures is reflected in all elements of the event, from leadership (National Aboriginal Day Committee of National Aboriginal Organizations), to the selection of artists, representing each of the Aboriginal communities. Each year, we showcase at least one headline act from Métis, Inuit and First Nations communities and ensure that cultural workshop leaders and artists also reflect this diversity.

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The Committee

The Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival is coordinated under the direction of a National Aboriginal Day (NAD) committee. The committee is a unique collaboration between seven of the primary National Aboriginal organizations based in Ottawa, who represent the true diversity of Aboriginal people from across the National Capital Region – First Nations, Métis and Inuit. Each organizational representative, an Ottawa resident, participates in the planning and execution of the NAD events with monthly meetings to ensure that their community’s distinct cultures are represented in the programming, executive and promotional efforts.

In the past, each committee member and their organization take turns “hosting” the events, including administration and hosting meetings. The committee contracts a coordinator to implement the event on their behalf. For the past five years, our organization Aboriginal Experiences, Arts and Culture have been contracted to both coordinate the event and administer the full budget (it is part of our organization’s annual audited statements). As you can see from the organizational background, our team has extensive and unique talents to implement an Aboriginal event of this scale in the National Capital Region.

On behalf of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), welcome to the 2013 Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival and International Competition Pow Wow to celebrate National Aboriginal Day at Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa, Ontario.

The NWAC is honored to be your hosts for this year’s festivities and with our partners on the National Capital Region’s National Aboriginal Day Committee, we offer our heartfelt appreciation to the Algonquin Nation for welcoming us all to their territory.

The 2013 Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival and Pow Wow is a grand celebration of Canada’s Aboriginal cultural diversity and solidarity. Held on the beautiful traditional homelands of the Algonquin people, this year’s Festival and International Competition Pow Wow will once again bring together the songs and dances of Aboriginal peoples in our Nation’s Capital.

The 2013 Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival has something for everyone.  The theme for the 2013 festival is “Algonquin Perspectives” – a tribute to the First Peoples perspective of the arrival of Samuel de Champlain in 1613.

Whether you attend for the Pow Wow, main stage music entertainment, “Aboriginal, We’ve Got Talent!” showcase, listen to our songs, be amazed at our dances, enjoy the food or Artisans Market … our Aboriginal family extends a warm welcome to you and your family.

About the Committee:

The Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival and International Competition Pow Wow is coordinated by Aboriginal Experiences under the direction of a National Aboriginal Day (NAD) committee.  The committee is a unique collaboration between the primary National Aboriginal organizations based in Ottawa who represent the true diversity of Aboriginal People from across Canada – First Nations, Metis and Inuit.  Each organizational representative participates in the planning and execution of the NAD events with monthly meetings to ensure that their community’s distinct cultures are represented.

Hosting the 2013 Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival and International Competition Pow Wow — The National Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations and Métis women within First Nation, Métis and Canadian societies. As a national organization representing Aboriginal women since 1974, NWAC’s mandate is to achieve equality for all Aboriginal women in Canada.

Co-Hosting the 2013 Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival and International Competition Pow Wow is Aboriginal Experiences, Arts and Culture (AEAC). AEAC, a non profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Aboriginal arts, have coordinated this event for the past six years under the direction of the NAD committee.

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples as a National Aboriginal Organization represents the interests of off-reserve non-status and status Indians and Métis Aboriginal Peoples living in urban, rural, remote and isolated areas throughout Canada.  We are also the national voice for the constituency and their affiliate organizations making up the Congress family of advocates for the off-reserve Aboriginal Peoples of Canada.

Since 1983, the Métis National Council (MNC) has represented the Métis Nation nationally and internationally. It receives its mandate and direction from the democratically elected leadership of the Métis Nation’s governments from Ontario westward. Overall, the MNC’s central goal is to secure a healthy space for the Métis Nation’s on-going existence within the Canadian federation.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), formerly Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, is the national voice of 55,000 Inuit living in 53 communities across the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Northwest Territories), Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), and Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador), land claims regions. Inuit call this vast region Inuit Nunangat.

The Assembly of First Nations is a National Aboriginal advocacy organization and the National representative organization of First Nations in Canada.  There are over 630 First Nation communities in Canada whose interests are represented by the AFN.  AFN were 2011 hosts, meanwhile the Native Association of Friendship Centres were the hosts of our 2012 festival.

A brief synopsis of the organizations and individuals involved in our managing committee include:

Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)
www.nwac.ca/

The Assembly of First Nations is a National Aboriginal advocacy organization and the National representative organization of the First Nations in Canada. There are over 630 First Nation communities in Canada whose interests are represented by the AFN. They are the also the host of the festivities for 2011.

National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC)

http://www.nafc.ca/

The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental national Aboriginal organization comprised of a network of 119 Friendship Centres across Canada from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal peoples in an urban environment by supporting self-determined activities which encourage equal access to, and participation in, Canadian Society, and which respect and strengthen the increasing emphasis on Aboriginal cultural distinctiveness.

Friendship Centres play a pivotal role in community and economic development by providing training and employment opportunities, facilitating social development, and building human and resource capacity. For many Aboriginal people, Friendship Centres are the first point of contact and are the primary providers of culturally enhanced programs and services to urban Aboriginal residents.  For over half a century, Friendship Centres have been facilitating the transition of Aboriginal people from rural, remote and First Nation communities to an urban environment


Assembly of First Nations
(AFN)
www.afn.ca

The Assembly of First Nations is a National Aboriginal advocacy organization and the National representative organization of the First Nations in Canada. There are over 630 First Nation communities in Canada whose interests are represented by the AFN. They are the also the host of the festivities for 2011.


Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
(ITK)
www.itk.ca 

ITK is the national Inuit organization in Canada representing four Inuit regions in the Canadian arctic. ITK were the 2010 Hosts.


Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
(CAP)
www.abo-peoples.org 

CAP represents off-reserve First Nation and Métis people, urban, rural and remote. CAP was the 2008 hosts.


Aboriginal Experiences, Arts and Culture
www.aboriginalexperiences.com

AEAC are the contracted event coordinators for the event and follow the direction of our NAD committee to implement a festival that meets our objectives.