On October 6 Mayor Kim Janey signed an executive order establishing Monday, October 11, 2021 and every second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Boston. By doing so, the City of Boston shows its commitment to recognizing and celebrating the Indigenous history and culture and to denouncing colonial past.
“We demand a statewide holiday. We will not be ignored anymore.”– Mahtowin Munro, a Lakota tribeswoman and leader of the United American Indians of New England.
Many people rallied on October 9 in the Boston Commons in support of the new name of the holiday and with the hope of more changes ahead.
Organizers of the rally request that Gov. Charlie Baker make Indigenous People’s Day a statewide holiday in addition to renaming Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park in Boston’s North End.