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Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, an important reminder that we cannot hope to preserve nature and fight climate change without the inclusion of native people. Their communities disproportionately suffer the effects of a warming planet despite contributing little to climate change. Moreover, Indigenous people’s close ties to nature mean that their food systems and cultural heritage are especially threatened–this is most significantly felt by Inuit living in polar regions.
Why This Matters: A day of observance isn’t nearly enough to right the wrongs that have been inflicted on Indigenous communities. However, driving better awareness to their needs and rights is crucial.
Go Deeper: Virginia’s Governor Rath Northam declared October 12th as Indigenous People’s Day in the Commonwealth explaining, “We have too often failed to live up to our commitments with those who were the first stewards of the lands we now call Virginia—now, we are taking an important step forward in our ongoing work to build a more inclusive and honest Commonwealth.”
It’s an example that in our current turbulent political climate, social and environmental justice cannot be forgotten. Leaders must recognize and do better by marginalized communities as we work toward a more sustainable future.
For the first time in Virginia history, we are recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day in our Commonwealth—this year on Monday, October 12.
This is a day to celebrate our tribal communities and promote reconciliation, healing, and continued friendship with Virginia’s Indian tribes. pic.twitter.com/etLPiYgKPv
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