Indigenous Peoples’ Day Resources
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
By Natalia Rice, Equity & Inclusion Officer
Indigenous Peoples’ Day is Monday, October 11th, 2021. Join New View Alliance, New Directions, and Gateway Longview as we commemorate the histories and cultures of Indigenous peoples who have been living and working on this land for time immemorial.
It is important to pause and pay honor to the land we work and operate on, which is part of the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. We would also like to honor the sovereignty of the Six Nations– the Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Seneca and Tuscarora. If you are unfamiliar with the practice of Indigenous Land Acknowledgment and/or want to learn more, check out this resource from Native Land. Native Land also offers a territory acknowledgement tool to search any location and inform your understanding. You can access the tool here.
In recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we would like to share a few resources to support in honoring this day:
● Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Black-Indigenous Youth Advancing Social Justice
October 11, 2021
1 PM ET (Available on demand afterwards)
How are Black-Indigenous youth working to advance social justice? This Indigenous Peoples’ Day program highlights youth of blended Black and Native heritage who use art, activism, and policy to advance Black and Indigenous solidarity and affect positive change in their communities.
Hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), this program is part of the Youth in Action: Conversations about Our Future series, which features young Native activists and changemakers from across the Western Hemisphere who are working towards equity and social justice for Indigenous peoples.
- Explore NMAI’s Native Knowledge 360° platform, which features teacher workshops, free events, and virtual educational resources for youth across multiple disciplines, including science, English language arts, and social studies.
- For further reading, check out “Rethinking How We Celebrate American History—Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” In this piece, authors Dennis W. Zotigh and Renee Gokey explain the national movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, as well as outline additional resources to honor this day respectfully.