Indigenous People's Day Celebration

Event information
Venue:GC Pit

What is Indigenous People's Day?

The second Monday of October has been celebrated by people across the United States as Indigenous People's Day since the 1990's although the idea was proposed much earlier. Across Latin America, it’s called "Indigenous Resistance Day" (October 12th) and Canadians recognize it as "National Day of Truth and Reconciliation."

It is typically a day set aside to reflect on the violent, systematic policies that have attempted to eradicate and/or displace Native people throughout the Americas. It is also a day to reflect on all the diverse forms of Indigenous radical resilience, acts of reconciliation, and moments of peaceful transactions.

Please read and share this recently published article in FIU News which explains how "the lands designated for FIU by the State of Florida are located on the ancestral homelands of the Miccosukee and Seminole tribes and those who came before them."

Reverend Houston R. Cypress, a member of the Otter Clan, the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, and GIF's advisory board member also reminds us in this article that although there is certainly a history of violence inflicted upon indigenous populations, there have also been moments of peace and alliance as exhibited in some international treaties that were crafted with respect. Cypress explained, "communities like the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida are still very optimistic about the potential to build coalitions focused on environmental conservation" and that optimism is reflected in the actions of several indigenous led organizations and their allies.

Please join GIF and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to celebrate this day on Monday, October 10th, 10-11am in the GC Pit.

Indigenous People Day flyer