Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival, Indigenous Resistance, A Walk for Mother Earth

Written by Denise Deby.

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On Thursday, June 19, 2014, the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa with Ecology Ottawa, the Peoples Social Forum, Council of Canadians, and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-Ottawa Valley are hosting Indigenous Resistance & Solidarity: Against Pipelines, For the Land. The evening of short films, at the Mayfair Theatre, starts at 6:30 p.m. with an opening by Albert Dumont. There’s a gathering afterwards from 8:45-10 p.m. at Southminster United Church (15 Aylmer at Bank).

The annual Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival and Competition Powwow is happening Friday, June 20-Sunday, June 22, 2014. It’s always a great event, with music, dancing, theatre, comedy and other performances by Indigenous artists. There are workshops for musicians, and kids’ activities (including free pony rides). It’s at Vincent Massey Park, so good outdoors time, too.

A group of people have been walking from Cacouna and Kanehsatà/:ke in Quebec to Ottawa to draw attention to the routes of proposed pipelines (TransCanada’s Energy East and Enbridge Line 9). A Walk for Mother Earth is expected to arrive on Parliament Hill on Sunday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m. Check http://www.peuplespourlaterremere.ca/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/494489877349717/ for more information.

Update: Glow Fair, which takes place June 20-21, 2014 along Bank St., includes a National Aboriginal Day screening of WELCOME TO KANATA, a program of animated films by First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. Curated by Ariel Smith, it’s presented by ASINABKA Aboriginal Film and Media Arts Festival in partnership with the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and runs 8:30-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

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