Stand for Indigenous Peoples Day - Arcata/Wiyot Homelands

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Stand in Recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Be a part of the solution. Join us. Wear Red. 

Seventh Generation Fund is declaring the 2nd Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples' Day in Wiyot Traditional Territories. 

From Noon till 1pm we will take a stand together on the Arcata Plaza. There is always time to do the right thing. 

We will Stand for Indigenous Peoples Day
We will Stand for Water. #WaterIsLife
We will Stand Against Terracide, Aquacide and Genocide
We will Stand for Salmon
We will Stand to Undam the Klamath (and all other dams around the world impacting Indigenous Peoples)
We will Stand for Standing Rock - No to the Dakota Access Pipeliine#NoDAPL
We will Stand for Treaty Rights 
We will Stand for Missing, Murdered, Exploited and Denied Indigenous women and girls of the world #MMIW
We will Stand for sacred sites
We will Stand for the Rights of Mother Earth
We will Stand for the future generations #BeAGoodAncestor

Stay up to date on the Facebook event page HERE.

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples
Declaring the Second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day from this day forth
October 10, 2016 in Wiyot Traditional Territories

The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, an internationally recognized organization, Promoting Indigenous Peoples’ self-determination and the sovereignty of Native nations, declares:

Upholding, the sacredness and rights of Mother Earth to exist unencumbered by human greed, exploitation, and conquest - domination mentality; and

Recognizing, the rights of all living creatures and beings which take distinct form in each element, Water, Earth, Fire, Air; and

Guided by, respect and love for the beliefs, traditions, cultural practices, cosmologies, and inherent sovereignty of our Indigenous Ancestors; and,

Holding in trust, the sacred birthright of future generations to their full rights, honor, identity, empowerment, and well-being; and

Affirming, Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Indigenous Nations to the United Nations-sponsored International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas; and

Remembering, representatives from 120 distinct Indigenous Nations came together in 1990 at the First Continental Conference on 500 Years of Indian Resistance and unanimously passed a resolution to transform Columbus Day into an occasion to strengthen the process of continental unity and struggle for liberation, and thereby use the occasion to reveal a more accurate historical record that recognized Indigenous Peoples’ rights and selfdetermination; and

Highlighting, that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which recognizes the right of Indigenous Peoples’ self-determination and outlines the minimum standards for Indigenous Peoples’ human rights critical to our survival and continuity in the face of settler colonialism; and

Uplifting, Article 3 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which states, Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

Recalling, that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the United Nations on the 13th of September 2007, thus defining a human rights mandate for the world community; and

Concerned and Responding, to the continued honored status of Christopher Columbus, whose arrival in the Western Hemisphere in 1492 resulted in the dispossession of Indigenous Peoples’ lands, territories and resources, the genocide of millions by heinous acts of murder, abductions, enslavement, torture, rape, and sex trafficking of Indigenous women and young children, and forced dependency on settler-colonial states; and

Considering, the Doctrine of Discovery enabled Columbus, and other non-Indigenous settlercolonizers, to perpetrate egregious acts against Indigenous Peoples, cultures, and ecosystems, and established precedent for the advancement of Manifest Destiny by successive European nations and American explorers, goldminers, missionaries, and governments that continue to feed on the Indigenous World; and

 

Concerned, that Columbus Day continues to be celebrated in Arcata, Humboldt County, California, and throughout the United States, despite perpetuating a false history that ignores the humanity and continued resilience of Indigenous Peoples, cultures, and homelands, thus prolonging the violence, discrimination, and mistreatment of Indigenous Peoples and Nations; and

Further Concerned, that a statue of William McKinley, known for colonizing across the Pacific in Hawai’i and the Philippines, and who remains a symbol of imperialist brutalities committed against Indigenous Peoples on a global scale, still stands in honor in the middle of the Arcata Plaza, as well as other derogatory terms, images, and racist emblems such as the plaque located on the Arcata Plaza referencing “Indian Problems”; and

Acknowledging, the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples notes that the City of Arcata, which endeavors to embody peace, progress, and honor throughout history, recognizes its continued occupation of Wiyot homelands and traditional territories; and

Now here it is declared that, that the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, standing in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples and Nations of the world, proclaims the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day; and

Demands, the immediate removal of the McKinley statue, the plaque on Arcata Plaza, and a halt to use, reference, or perpetuation in any form of racial slurs, imagery, sports mascots, names, or commercial icons, which portray, denigrate or use Indigenous Peoples, or our cultures, lifeways, spirituality, ceremonial or material aspects; and

Encourages, the State of California, the County of Humboldt, the City of Arcata and all surrounding cities, municipalities, and entities including businesses, organizations, and public institutions, to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ self-determination, and to promote the sovereignty, traditions, cultures, knowledge systems, histories, and respect the homelands of all Native Nations.

Stand for Rights, Justice & Honor

For further information contact Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples
P.O. Box 4569, Arcata, California 95518 USA

WHEN
October 10, 2016 at 12pm - 1pm
WHERE
Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples
425 I St
Arcata, CA 95521
United States
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Will you come?