The FIU student club, the Global Indigenous Group, invites FIU students, faculty and staff to sign the petition to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day at FIU.
Christopher Columbus represents the colonization and genocide of Indigenous People. The fact that this is a holiday, or a day of remembrance by Florida International University shows that the University currently does not value its Indigenous/ Native American students, faculty or community.
By changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day, Florida International University will be expressing recognition and visibility to Indigenous/Native American faculty, students and community members. It will be celebrating the contributions of indigenous communities and cultures; and acknowledge the genocide and oppression of Indigenous/Native American people. We ask if you would please share the petition (linked below) with students in your courses and members of faculty.