Four Ways to Acknowledge Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Learn how to respectfully observe and celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day.
Indigenous cultures near and far should always be acknowledged, celebrated and remembered. One way to accomplish this is through recognizing Indigenous Peoples' Day, occurring annually in the U.S. on the second Monday in October. Keep reading to learn more about how you can observe the day in a way that's educational, insightful and respectful.
First, acknowledge the land you're on.
From coastlines and mountain ranges to sprawling fields and wooded forests, our travels take us all over the world. No matter where you're venturing to, take the time to identify and acknowledge the origins of the land you're currently on and are traveling to. Even further, make an effort to learn about the history and culture of Indigenous populations while acknowledging your own privilege and examining how you fit into the greater context.
Treat the land with kindness and respect.
Many Indigenous populations have a deep connection with the land they've resided on. Show your respect for this connection by enjoying the beauty of the nature around you by going for a hike, having a picnic, getting out on the water and never leaving waste behind once you're finished. Connect with local CVBs and DMOs to learn if there are opportunities for clean-up and gardening projects your groups could take part in.
Incorporate Indigenous landmarks, museums, festivals and businesses into your itineraries.
Though this should always be a priority, let Indigenous Peoples' Day serve as a reminder to support landmarks, museums, festivals and businesses that authentically share Indigenous history and culture by including them in your itineraries. Places like Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Burke Museum and Museum of Native American History are great options.
Broaden your perspective by listening.
Sometimes, the best thing you can do is simply listen. Follow and learn from Indigenous voices through platforms like YouTube, TikTok and Instagram to further educate yourself and support Indigenous creators.
Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for Groups Today.