, 2022-10-18 07:10:54,
Oct. 10 marks Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and university members gathered on the Maxcy Quad this year to highlight voices within the community that sought to educate others on the power and passion that they hold on this national day.
Dean of Students Ophelie Rowe-Allen gave opening remarks, and discussed the value of the land on which the university sits. This served as a catalyst for Senior Associate Dean of Students Ric Baker to then read the university’s land acknowledgement statement.
Baker said “land is sacred to all of us whether we consciously appreciate it or not” and that it is constantly changing to provide resources and lessons to those who use it.
In the statement, Baker said “The University of New Haven acknowledges the painful history of genocide around the globe–for native, aboriginal and Indigenous peoples. We honor the multitude of diverse tribes and nations who were forcefully removed from, and those still connected to a land that was pillaged and stolen under a tyranny of colonialism.”
“Indigenous Peoples’ Day draws attention to the pain, trauma and broken promises that were erased by the celebration of Columbus Day,” Rowe-Allen said before making way for Indigenous voices within the community. “Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrates, recognizes and honors beautiful traditions and culture of the Indigenous people, not just in America, but around the world.”
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