Today is Indigenous Peoples' Day
Indigenous Peoples' Day is celebrated on Monday, October 9th and was established as a holiday to celebrate in lieu of Columbus Day. According to Illuminative, the day
"...aims to celebrate and honor the past, present, and futures of Native peoples throughout the United States and acknowledges the legacy of colonialism, which has devastated Indigenous Communities historically and continues to negatively impact them today. More importantly, however, Indigenous Peoples' Day moves beyond the narrative of oppression and honors the histories, cultures, contribution, and resilience of contemporary Native peoples."
Real Rent Duwamish suggests the following activites to stand in solidarity with the Duwamish Tribe on Indigenous Peoples' Day:
Pause to name and honor the Duwamish People with the land acknowledgement they have written: ”I would like to acknowledge that we are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe.” Or use this example to inspire your own heartfelt wording. Worried about getting it wrong? Check out this blog post What if I Get it Wrong? by our co-founder Dr. Caprice Hollins on getting through that fear.
Consider how you live on the land you inhabit, consider joining a land-tending day with Land Back projects, such as Heron’s Nest.
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March with the Duwamish! Check the Tribe's social media for when and where in the days prior: Instagram, Facebook, X. (Don't forget to wear your Real Rent or Stand With The Duwamish T-shirt!)