Acting Mayor Kim Janey today signed an executive order declaring the second Monday of every October as Indigenous Peoples Day, to honor the people whose genocide began with the voyages of the day's previous honoree, Christopher Columbus.
With Boston’s long history comes an opportunity and obligation to acknowledge the difficult parts of our past and dedicate ourselves to fostering a more equitable City. Observing Indigenous Peoples Day is about replacing the colonial myths passed down from generation to generation with the true history of the land upon which our nation was founded.
City Councilor and state Senate candidate Lydia Edwards, who represents the North End and East Boston, which together make up the city's largest concentration of Italian-Americans declared herself outraged and caught by surprise.
I don't believe it encourages the honest, transparent, healing conversation we need. We should absolutely honor and celebrate indigenous people as a city. Boston will forever celebrate, honor and acknowledge Italian Americans. With the right conversation, led by our new mayor, that recognizes the urgency of the moment we as a community will do both.