Honor Indigenous Peoples Day

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Being a Good Guest

Indigenous Peoples have been caretaking these lands since time immemorial, and we are still here. The Thanksgiving myth is harmful because it erases the truth of what was done to the Wampanoag and every other tribe after them.

Yard Sign

In honor of Indigenous Peoples, the Committee for Indigenous Peoples Day Wellesley is excited to offer the Honor Indigenous Peoples Day yard sign! This sign to be displayed on your yard is part of the movement to honor Indigenous Peoples by voting YES on Question #1 in Wellesley’s Annual Town Election on March 2, 2021.

Citizen's Petition 42—Resolution to Support the Establishment of Indigenous Peoples Day Wellesley

That the Town of Wellesley, with the understanding that since 1977 Indigenous people of our country have requested Indigenous Peoples Day as a recognition of their humanity, culture and history and with the understanding that our country was built on Native lands, shall join the growing number of cities, towns, and states that have chosen to honor this request. Town Meeting shall go on record to state that the Town of Wellesley, on the second Monday of October, will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day as the official holiday and that the Town of Wellesley shall cease to recognize Columbus Day as a publicly sanctioned holiday in Wellesley. See complete warrant.

World of Wellesley, together with community members, put forth Citizen’s Petition 42 to Support the Establishment of Indigenous Peoples Day in Wellesley.

Wellesley’s Advisory Committee voted 8-2 in favor of this petition and Town Meeting voted 63% in favor but first added an amendment requiring a town-wide vote. 

Indigenous Peoples Day will be on the ballot in March 2021. We need your help to educate our community about this important vote!

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

Testimony at Advisory Committee

January 22, 2020

Testimony for Citizens Petition to honor Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day starts around 1:49 (or click link below).

Blog Posts

Being a Good Guest

Indigenous Peoples have been caretaking these lands since time immemorial, and we are still here. The Thanksgiving myth is harmful because it erases the truth of what was done to the Wampanoag and every other tribe after them.

Native American Heritage Month Challenge

Read, Watch, and Act – do two items from each category! Increase our awareness and appreciation for the diversity of Indigenous people, deepen our understanding

Thoughts on Indigenous Peoples Day

I want to add my voice to those who support Indigenous Peoples Day because it will provide us — all of us, including our children

Why focus on Indigenous Peoples Day?

“Out of all the things World of Wellesley could be focusing on, why support a citizen’s petition to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day

Events

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 12th and 14th. Please save the dates!

Upcoming

There are no upcoming events.

Past Events

National Day of Mourning 2020

Date: November 26, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm

Location: Online

National Day of Mourning 2020

The livestream and pre-recorded content for the National Day of Mourning on November 26 can be viewed beginning at approximately 12 noon EST via the United American Indians of New England (UAINE) website, at the UAINE facebook group, on Youtube, and at the hate5six website.

Myth-Busting Thanksgiving Free Webinar

Date: October 28, 2020

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Location: Online

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If you plan to have your students learn and write about Thanksgiving, this webinar will help you teach this topic with greater accuracy and sensitivity. Kisha James, enrolled member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gayhead Aquinnah and Oglala Lakota and the grand-daughter of Wamsutta James, will cover common myths. Dr. Debbie Reese, tribally enrolled, Nambé Pueblo, will share recommendations for books and curricular materials. Hear advice on materials selection and suggestions for teaching Thanksgiving with cultural sensitivity. See examples of possible Thanksgiving writing tasks, and hear them critiqued.

This event is offered by our partners.

Indigenous Peoples Day Virtual Film and Community Dialogue

Date: October 12, 2020

Time: 3:00 - 4:15 pm

Location: Zoom

IPD film Lyla June

Please join us for a short film presenting Lyla June, an Indigenous environmental scientist, educator, community organizer and musician. Lyla June, who is of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineage is from Taos New Mexico.  She inspires personal, collective and ecological healing through her multi-genre presentations on the topics of climate crisis, Indigenous rights, inter-cultural healing, and traditional land stewardship practices. After the short film there will be a community discussion.

Indigenous Peoples Day Land Clean Up

Start date: October 10, 2020

End date: October 12, 2020

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Let’s honor Mother Earth by working together to clean up our town!

Join us this weekend for the 2nd Stewards of the Earth event where you will SAFELY gather with family, friends and neighbors and clean your neighborhood, local trails and ponds. The brook near Whole Foods is in need of our special attention. If you know of other high need spots, please post them to this event’s discussion board after signing up.
Please post photos of your clean up efforts on social media with the hashtags #indigenouspeoplesday #IPDcleanup #IPDwellesley and tag @worldofwellesley @ipdwellesley.
If you would like us to share your photos on the World of Wellesley or Committee for Indigenous Peoples Day Wellesley websites, please send them to communications@worldofwellesley.org.

30 Day+ Racial Equity Indigenous Peoples Challenge

Start date: October 1, 2020

End date: October 30, 2020

IP Challenge

World of Wellesley is proud to launch the 30 Day+ Racial Equity Indigenous Peoples Challenge aimed at breaking down barriers and biases by collectively and individually:

  • Increasing our awareness and appreciation for the diversity of Indigenous people
  • Deepening our understanding about the history of Indigenous people
  • Deepen our understanding about the current issues faced by Indigenous people in North America

How it works:

  1. Sign up to receive a daily email through October 30th with three ways to access content each day (e.g. reading, watching or listening).
  2. Choose one or all of the suggested daily options. It’s all up to you. You may also add other options, if you choose.
  3. Reflect: Create your own copy of this journal template to privately record your thoughts.  Your journal will not be shared.
  4. Collaborate: If you want to share reflections in community, you may post them on our Racial Equity Indigenous Peoples Challenge padlet. Please follow our guidelines for all public reflection posts.

Indigenous Peoples Day Children and Family Event

Date: October 14, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Location: Schofield Elementary School

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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.​

See video clips and photos from this event.

First Light Flashback: A Performance by Annawon Weeden

Date: October 13, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: 26 Benvenue St, Wellesley

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The World of Wellesley invites the community to join for this special presentation.

Annawon Weeden explains that “Wampanoag means ‘People of the First Light’ due to our geographic location as the furthest eastern tribe.” Born and raised in the tribal community of Charlestown, R.I., among relatives of both Narragansett/Pequot lineage through his father, Annawon now resides in his mother’s Wampanoag community in Mashpee. Following in his father’s footsteps, Annawon began sharing the culture of his tribes with his family during public programs and performances at a young age. As an adult, Annawon’s passion for preserving the culture has been clear throughout decades spent working at Plymouth Plantation as a museum interpreter and outreach educator, as well as the Boston Children’s Museum as a Native program specialist. He has also been invited to visit Wellesley Public Schools over 20 times.

This program is free and open to the public, made possible by Wellesley business sponsors in this year’s program book. Pre-registration is encouraged.


Indigenous Peoples Day: Land Clean Up

Date: October 12, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Longfellow Pond on Oakland Street

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Please bring your family and neighbors for a walk honoring Mother Earth and clean-up around the pond. We will meet at Longfellow Pond on Oakland Street (parking lot by the pond) and decide the route together. All supplies will be available including gloves and bags.

Co-Sponsored by Sustainable Wellesley. 

Film Screening & Discussion: The Doctrine of Discovery

Date: June 18, 2019

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room

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Join us for a community viewing and discussion of Sheldon Wolfchild and Steven Newcomb’s film ‘The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code.”

This film sheds light on how documents written during the fifteenth century influenced doctrines of “ultimate dominion” that are used against native nations to this day. The film is 60 minutes long. FREE and open to the public.

In partnership with Wellesley Free Library.

Public Forum on Indigenous Peoples Day

Date: April 29, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Town Hall

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The Wellesley Board of Selectmen will hold a public forum during its regular meeting on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Town Hall to begin consideration of a request from World of Wellesley to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.

Please make every effort to attend this public forum. The Board of Selectman have planned this first community opportunity to hear our voices in support of Indigenous Peoples Day. We need ALL of our voices to be heard, stories to be told and connections to be made. Your support is needed now and and we ask that you commit to attend and share in the support of honoring Indigenous Peoples Day in Wellesley.