Indigenous People’s Day was commemorated in Cambridge and Boston with music, rallies, poetry, and dance. The holiday has been recognized by Harvard since 2017 and by the city of Cambridge since 2016. Many Indigenous community organizers are actively advocating for more towns to recognize Indigenous People’s Day and abolish Christopher Columbus Day.
David Pratt, elected vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations for the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, delivered a speech Monday afternoon on the legacy of colonialism in the lives of First Nations people to onlookers facing Matthews Hall.
An audience gathered for performances celebrating Indigenous People’s Day on a rainy Monday afternoon. The celebration took place near the steps of Matthews Hall, where Harvard’s Indian College once stood.