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  • Ways to Honor Indigenous Peoples Day Monday October 11, 2021

    1. FCCW recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day as one of 11 holidays allowed for our employees in the Personnel staff handbook.
    2. Cyrus Dallin, Art Museum, Arlington MA – Thursday, October 7, 2021, 7 pm Honoring Indigenous Peoples Day: Ute Elder Forrest Cuch on History and Healing. This program builds on Cyrus Dallin’s lifelong commitment to listening to and learning from the Ute people, with whom he established close relationships during his formative years in Utah Territory. Register here! https://dallin.org/events/
    1. Wright-Locke Farm (WLF) – Family IPD Celebration 10-12 on Oct 11. Registration is now full for Winchester’s first ever Indigenous Peoples’ Day Family Celebration. But see below for other ways to honor the day.
    2. Read a Book with your Child. – Native American Children’s Literature Recommended Reading List by First Nations Development Institute
    3. PEM Virtual Corn Husk Doll Making Demonstration – 10 am on Oct 11 Make your very own Corn Husk Doll with Dawn Spears (Narragansett). Video premieres on YouTube at 10 am. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Register by October 2 to have a doll-making kit mailed to you Limited number available. (You may also use materials you have at home). Dawn will share a few of her dolls and invite you to join in on a doll-making session with her daughters and granddaughters for an intergenerational learning experience. Register here: https://my.pem.org/16159/16229
    4. PEM Film Screening and Discussion. Monday October 11 7-9pm. An online film screening and post-film discussion of two films: Dawnland and Georgina. REGISTER HERE. For decades, in the U.S. and Canada, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to ‘save them from being Indian’.
      • Dawnland: In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation. National News & Documentary Emmy® award winning film DAWNLAND goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.
      • In Dear Georgina, a Passamaquoddy elder journeys into an unclear past to better understand herself and her cultural heritage.
    5. Network for Social Justice – Indigenous Rights panel October 20th at 7:30pm. Join the NSJ for an Indigenous Rights panel hosted by Claudia Fox Tree. This event will be appropriate for those in middle school and up. Details and registration forthcoming!
    6. Become informed about pending MA legislation MILA Handout addressing Indigenous Peoples.