Support Indigenous Peoples Day

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

Wellesley’s Advisory Committee voted 8-2 in favor of this petition and Town Meeting will vote on it at the  Spring 2020 meeting beginning March 30th. Email your Town Meeting Members to show your support for Indigenous Peoples Day in Wellesley.

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.

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.

Resources

We encourage you to learn more about Indigenous Peoples, Columbus, the history of Wellesley and the United States.

Blog Posts

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).

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

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.

Community Read Author Visit

Date: April 25, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Community Center

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Join co-author Dina Gilio-Whitaker as we discuss her book “All the Real Indians Died Off” And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans. Unpack the twenty-one most common myths and misconceptions about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations. FREE event.

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 and Italian Americans for Indigenous Peoples Day Massachusetts.