2019 Yurok Salmon Festival

Observing, Recognizing, and Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day

Today, we recognize Indigenous Peoples Day and celebrate the individuals, communities, and nations who have made their homes, cultures, and lives upon these lands for millennia and have stewarded wild fish since time immemorial. It’s a day to honor the past, present, and future of indigenous people, acknowledge the destructive impact of colonialism on individuals, cultures, communities, lands and waters, and (re)commit ourselves to addressing the ongoing and destructive legacy of genocide and colonialism in our nation and the Pacific Northwest.

Like wild fish, indigenous people, communities, and nations are resilient. Despite centuries of genocide and cultural eradication efforts, today, more than 5.7 million American residents identify as Native American, a 39% increase since 2000, and more than 600 sovereign Native nations exist in the U.S. The knowledge of place and cultural wisdom that indigenous peoples, communities, and Tribal Nations hold is foundational to reviving abundant wild fish.

And the truth is, as we discussed this post, we acknowledged that Native Fish Society hasn’t done enough to elevate indigenous and tribal voices and perspectives. So in the coming months (and years!) we’ll be sharing more regularly about the indigenous people and Tribal Nations working to revive abundant wild fish around the Pacific Northwest.

Here are a few ways you can observe, celebrate, and participate in Indigenous Peoples Day today and throughout the year:

For more information on Native Fish Society's equity journey and ongoing work, please visit our Equity Practice page.

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