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Indigenous People’s Day

October 12, 2020

Indigenous Peoples’ Day has been touted as a replacement for Columbus Day for decades, but the movement never got much traction on a nationwide scale. Now, however, with increased awareness of colonizers’ atrocities against Native American and indigenous people of what eventually became the United States, Indigenous Peoples’ Day has seen a groundbreaking amount of support. Here’s what you need to know about Indigenous Peoples’ Day and why it’s so important-and why many feel that the man credited with discovering America may well deserve to be stripped of his celebratory day.

Activity for Families: Land Acknowledgement Statement
Possible statement to say with your family:
“We want to acknowledge that we gather as the <family name> family on the traditional land of the Duwamish (and Puget Sound Salish) Peoples past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations.  This calls us to commit to continuing to learn how to be better stewards of the land we inhabit as well.”
What is a Land Acknowledgement Statement?

A land acknowledgement is a formal statement presented at the beginning of public events and gatherings that recognizes and honors Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of the land.

“Acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing respect and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth.”
Learn more about Native American tribes in Washington State here  and see an impressive map of tribes throughout the country here


October 12, 2020