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Celebrating Summer Solstice Together

June 20 @ 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

The Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, has long been celebrated by many First Nations and Metes as the beginning of summer —the arrival of warm weather and long hours of light. It is a day with spiritual and cultural significance. “It symbolizes a new season of life, a chance to start fresh and leave past burdens behind.” (MLT Aikins, 2022). The summer solstice also happens during National Indigenous History Month and on the eve of National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD).

Mississippi Mills All My Relations (MMAMR) is a group of community members who recognize that we all have a responsibility to help restore what was once a relationship of trust and friendship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples in our country. This year MMAMR is partnering with Mississippi Mills to host a Summer Solstice celebration bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

This celebration, open to everyone in the community, will include Indigenous ceremony, music, jingle dancing, crafts, Inuit games and songs by Almonte’s Rhythm and Song! Community Choir.

Do you have something to contribute? We want to hear from you. We are hoping that some musicians from our community, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, might bring a song or two that celebrates summer solstice and/or mother earth.  We are also looking for vendors of crafts and finger foods that are produced honouring mother earth.

If you are interested in participating, please email mm.allmyrelations@gmail.com and tell us about what contribution you would like to make to this celebration. Join us Thursday June 20th in Riverfront Park from 6:30 p.m. An alternative indoor location will be available in the event of rain. Learn about the dance, music, food and rituals of Indigenous peoples and have fun celebrating the longest day of the year together. You’ll also have the chance to explore the Seven Gifts project MMAMR completed last year in Riverside Park with Indigenous artists, elders, and knowledge keepers.

Miigwetch, Maarsi, Qujannamiik, Thank you.

 

Details

Date:
June 20
Time:
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm