In Washington State, October 11 is recognized as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This day honors Native American peoples and celebrates their cultures and histories.
Both ECOSS and many of the people who ECOSS serve reside on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people, including the Duwamish people. The city of Seattle is named after Chief Sealth, a chief of the Suquamish and Duwamish tribes. ECOSS centers the voices of immigrants and refugees to create sustainable solutions for all. Though these are historically marginalized communities, it is important to recognize the original stewards of this land and their descendants who continue to care for this land.
ECOSS stands in solidarity with the First Peoples of this region. One way ECOSS puts this into action is by paying rent to the Duwamish Tribe. You too can show your support for the people who were and are critical for the thriving of Seattle.
There are many others ways to act in solidarity with Indigenous peoples as well:
Books to read:
Businesses to patron:
Local organizations to support:
- Chief Seattle Club
- Seattle Indian Health Board
- Missing Murder Indigenous Women Washington
- Na’ah Illahee Fund
To celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, try taking at least one action to connect with the original stewards of the land you reside on.