San Fernando is the first city in Los Angeles County to recognize the second Monday of October as Indigenous People’s Day!
While Columbus Day celebrates the destructive ideas behind settler-colonialism: genocide and manifest destiny, Indigenous Day praises the countless human beings and ancestors lost, and the cultures that endured genocide and still continue to persist today, against all odds.
Indigenous Peoples Day teaches the general public to recognize the lives of Indigenous Peoples as sovereign peoples, both alive and deceased, rather than a minority group. Most importantly, this day gives Indigenous Peoples, themselves, a platform, voice, and sense of co-existence within a still-existent colonial paradigm.
View the San Fernando Valley Sun Article here