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First Day of Summer 2017: The Summer Solstice


Sunshine revelers have been enjoying the days growing longer and the evenings brighter; Wednesday, June 21, 2017 marks the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and the turning point from which the sun will start rising later and setting earlier.

The Summer Solstice has been celebrated for its symbolic importance since ancient times and is an important celebration on Aboriginal Day, for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities.

The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO) recognizes the importance of fostering a positive Aboriginal identity among the children and youth in care and also understands that culture is learned through language, ceremonies, gatherings, stories, music, and other shared experiences.

Whether you go outside and enjoy the sun, feast or dance, be sure to enjoy the Solstice! Visit for Summer Solstice and Pow Wow information.