YWCA Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

We at YWCA New Britain recognize that we share this land and our history with the indigenous peoples who have come before us and continue to reside, work, and live in our state.

The very name of our state derives from the Mohegan word Quinnitukqut, meaning “long, tidal river”. Connecticut is home to numerous indigenous communities, including but not limited to the Mohegan, the Pequot, Nipmuc, Quinnipiac, Schagticoke, and the Tunxis. In recognizing their continued existence and claim to this land, we seek to strengthen our relationship with these neighbors and join with towns, cities, and states across the country in acknowledging their contributions, past and present, to the health and vitality of our shared communities.

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day is one step on a long road towards honoring our Native relatives. It is part of a broader attempt to clarify American history and bring light and knowledge to and about indigenous identity, history, and culture in Connecticut, across the nation and the Americas, and across the globe. We look forward to this necessary work and providing opportunities for our community members to learn more about indigeneity and the Columbian legacy.

Join us in the movement to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Photo credit: NY Times

Additional resources:

How Columbus Sailed into US History, Thanks to Italians
Christopher Columbus word association with Native Americans
Abolish Columbus Day
Brief summary with list of places that have Changed the Name
Overview of efforts to Change the Name