SĪGWAN FESTIVAL

SĪGWAN (SPRING) FESTIVAL

Free Indigenous Festival March 25 - 27

Please join Indigenous Experiences, producers of the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival and operators of Mādahòkì Farm in Ottawa’s greenbelt to celebrate the Spring Season in the context of Indigenous culture.

Everyone is invited to reconnect with the land while learning about Indigenous traditions during this beautiful change of season. Enjoy authentic Indigenous programming and an Indigenous Makers and Farmers Market, interactive creative workshops, culinary delights and meet the rare Ojibwe Spirit Horses - fun for young and old.

FREE - STAGGERED ADMISSION - ADVANCE REGISTRATION

  • Visitors must register in advance
  • Staggered entry in 30-minute arrival windows
  • For a complete experience, plan to spend 2- 3 hours onsite
  • Masks are required when in indoor spaces

Mādahòkì Farm
4420 West Hunt Club Road
Ottawa, ON K2R 1H4

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SĪGWAN FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

CELEBRATION STAGE 

10:30 AM  -  Elders Opening

11 AM/1 PM/3 PM  - Trickster & the Ducks Puppet Show and Pow Wow Dance

Nanabush (Trickster) and the Ducks is a fun, interactive puppet production for all ages that shares one of the great legends of our trickster – who always has to learn a lesson the hard way! A live Pow Wow and Hoop Dance performance will follow.

12 PM/2 PM/4 PM  -  Spirit Horse Stories & Hand Drumming

Spirit Horse Advocate and artist Rhonda Snow has captured the oral history of this beautiful rare and endangered breed of horse that once roamed free through these lands. Her art captures our elders oral histories of the ponies and their story of survival.

You will also enjoy the heartbeat of mother earth with some traditional songs on hand-drum.

CULINARY EXPERIENCE

Savour meals inspired by our Annishnaabe Sugar Moon!

  • Make your own maple taffy, with Indigenous harvested syrup - $5 each
  • Enjoy a meal of maple bbq bison meatballs, traditional baked maple beans and bannock and a beverage ($20 each full meal)
  • Cedar Wildberry Chai Tea, Hot Chocolate and Bannock available on site

Purchase Meal Vouchers

INDIGENOUS PAINTING WORKSHOP

Bring out your inner artist as you create your own Indigenous painting using stencils of woodland style animals. Great workshop for all ages.

Register online. $10 per person.

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BEADING WORKSHOP WITH DEBORAH RATT

1.5 – 2 hours to complete workshop

Available 10am-5pm each day of the festival. No set times

Registration on site only, no pre-registration. Payment can be made by cash, credit or debit card.

Workshops include a Pattern, beads, attachments, needles & thread.

Feathers and feathers 35$ kit. (9 years & older)

River 35$ kit.

Slidding 7$ Kit (children).

INDIGENOUS MARKETPLACE

SHOP ON SITE & ONLINE

Support local Indigenous entrepreneurs! Over 20 vendors will be on-site at the festival selling a variety of Indigenous art, jewellery,  craft and food creations including seasonal planters wreaths and more- with an Indigenous flair. Everything from honey to beaded earrings and from sweetgrass candles to Indigenous maple syrup and fresh fish suppliers and so much more!.

Our Trading Post is open year-round on-site (in the Grey Farmhouse) Wednesday to Sunday 11 AM - 4 PM or Shop 24/7 online. 


Shop over 20 vendors on site

Shop 24/7 Online


OJIBWE SPIRIT HORSES

WITH ARTIST RHONDA SNOW

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily

Indigenous Experiences are proud to welcome our new herd of the rare and endangered Ojibwe Spirit Horses to the farm. These five horses really share their own story on the sacred connection to the Ontario lands where they roamed free for thousands of years. You will have a chance to meet these special ponies and hear their story.

Artist Rhonda Snow was once an Ojibwe Spirit Horse caretaker and key part of bringing this breed back from the brink of extinction as recognized by Rare Breeds Canada. Rhonda has travelled and collected the oral history of these ponies from elders across Turtle Island (North America) which are captured in her beautiful and colourful woodland style art. Rhonda will help to share the special story of these ponies and work on new artwork to be installed on the farm to help educate and advocate for this special breed

LEGACY TRAIL & RECONCILIATION ROCK STATION

At any time during your visit, we invite you to visit our Reconciliation Rock Station and choose an orange rock to add your own message, picture or sentiment of reconciliation. You are invited to take the rock home to your own space or add it as a legacy along the new walking trails through the property.

Interpretive signage along the trail provides traditional knowledge of Indigenous teachings about the change of seasons and moons and identifies 

significant plants and medicines- all from an Indigenous perspective.

Donations to our partners Legacy of Hope gratefully accepted to support residential school survivors and advocacy.


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FARM PLAY & FARM ANIMALS

Meet our small animals on the farm and enjoy some farm play on the hay bales & teeter-totter.

HORSE DRAWN WAGON RIDES

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Available in limited quantities. No advance registration and no cost. 

Provided by Harvest Hill Farms

TRADITIONAL MAPLE SYRUP MAKING DEMONSTRATION

Sit by the fire to watch and learn the traditional process of boiling sap into maple syrup – a sweet
gift to the world from our local Indigenous communities.

GOT LAND? STAND-UP COMEDY VARIETY SHOW

Part of the CrackUp Comedy Festival, live at Algonquin Commons Theatre. 
 
Expressing solidarity though humour, and some of us just tell jokes! Acts from across the land:
Paul Rabliauskas, Dakota Ray Hebert, Nicole Nutaushuk, Dez Loreen comedy, Don Kelly and Chad Anderson. + secret guest!
 
March 22nd
7:00 PM Lobby and Bar Open | 7:30 PM Doors Open | 8:00 PM Event Starts
 

Indigenous Experiences is proud to support the Spectrasonic presentation of:

DJ SHUB – WAR CLUB LIVE

Bronson Centre - Thu March 24th,  
Doors at 7pm - Tickets $21 
19+  ID required

DJ Shub has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket goes to supporting RAVEN and their work towards providing access to justice for Indigenous Nations. 
 
 

*As food and materials are purchased in advance based on registration numbers, we will not provide refunds if unable to attend but we are happy to provide a take home version to be picked up at the farm over the weekend.*