Support Indigenous Peoples Day

World of Wellesley, together with other community members, invite you to participate in a community signature drive. Your signature would support a resolution being created and accepted, by the Wellesley Board of Selectman, for Wellesley to honor Indigenous Peoples Day and no longer recognizes Columbus Day, on the second Monday of October.

We as people who reside, work, and engage in Wellesley acknowledge this town is located on the traditional territory of the Massachusett People. Learn more about Native Land.

Indigenous Peoples Day

Start date: October 13, 2019

End date: October 14, 2019

We’re planning multiple events and family friendly activities to celebrate the many indigenous communities across Massachusetts and the country; and commemorate their shared history and culture. Wellesley will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on October 13th and 14th. Please save the date! Events will include:

  • Ceremony honoring the earth and land
  • Film screening and community conversation providing education about Indigenous culture and history
  • Children and family event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day offering education, storytelling, activities and crafts
  • Town clean up at local parks and areas around Wellesley

Indigenous Peoples Day Children and Family Event

Date: October 14, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Location: Schofield Elementary School

Please join the World of Wellesley in honoring Indigenous Peoples Day with a children and family event that will explore Indigenous culture, traditions, and history. Professional educator Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. (Arawak/Yurumein)​, will lead our engagement together with a presentation centered on Native American (First Nations People) identity, culture, and history. Indigenous food options and pizza will be served. Opening ceremony begins at 11:00 AM. FREE and open to the public.​

Resources for Educators

Massachusetts Campaign

Pending legislation in Massachusetts, H.3665—Act establishing an Indigenous People’s Day, would establish IPD as a statewide holiday. Becca Rausch, whose district includes parts of Wellesley, is a proud co=sponsor. Learn more at Indigenous Peoples Day Massachusetts.