Boston needs to declare Indigenous Peoples Day and sink Columbus Day
For decades, many Native people have been calling for an end to the public celebration of Christopher Columbus on the second Monday in October. They have also asked that Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to honor Indigenous Peoples from throughout the Americas, be declared on that same day because of the date’s significance. They consider it a first step toward recognizing the genocide of millions of Indigenous people and the theft of their lands that began with the arrival of Columbus. It is a meaningful symbolic gesture in addressing the pain caused to Native Peoples by the many years of celebrating Columbus as a hero. Cities including Seattle, Denver, Albuquerque, Portland Oregon and more have all done this—let’s make Boston the next!
Initial steps have been underway since October 2015 to abolish Columbus Day and instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day in Boston. A united effort from Indigenous, Black, Latino, Asian, Arab and white progressives throughout Boston will be required to make Indigenous Peoples Day a reality and abolish Columbus Day.
On October 18th, Boston City Council voted affirmatively on a Consent Agenda item presented on October 18 by then‐Councillor Tito Jackson recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day in Boston. Important note: This Declaration does NOT abolish Columbus Day. That is work that we will still need to undertake in the future.
Here are 2 actions that the Indigenous organizers have asked supporters to take at this time:
- Like and Share the Facebook page “Indigenous Peoples Day Boston” which the organizers will be using for a lot of communications and updates.
- Endorse! Help! Sign up! In addition to this, if you or your organization want to endorse this effort, or if you have ideas about how you can be helpful, or if you just want to be on the email list, please let us know on our volunteer/endorsement form. We want to hear from you! Thank you!
Please do not use the Boston resolution (or other resolutions that have been passed) for your own campaign. Please consult with us about resolution language first as we are aware of suggested changes and other factors. Even more important, please do not move forward with an Indigenous Peoples Day campaign on your own without consulting with info@IndigenousPeoplesDayMA.