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Welcome Ceremony

Thursday | NAC Main Lobby (Foyer)

Boyd Benjamin

Boyd Benjamin

Leela Gilday, Sylvia Cloutier, Nive Nielsen and Diyet

Leela Gilday, Sylvia Cloutier, Nive Nielsen and Diyet

Evie Mark and Akinisie Sivuarapik

Evie Mark and Akinisie Sivuarapik

Dakhká Khwáan Dancers

Dakhká Khwáan Dancers

An occasion for celebrating! Northern Scene welcomes the artists of the festival.

Directed by: Alejandro Ronceria

Join us as Northern Scene and members of the Ottawa/Gatineau Aboriginal communities welcome the First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists of the festival to the Nation’s Capital.

The spectacular Dakhká Khwáan Dancers set the celebratory tone in an event that showcases some of the many music and drum dancing traditions of Canada’s northern peoples. Leela Gilday, Diyet and Sylvia Cloutier will perform, along with fiddle virtuoso Boyd Benjamin, throat singers Evie Mark and Akinisie Sivuarapik, and the Pimadiziwin Singers.

Kick your festival experience off with a rousing start at the official Welcome Ceremony!