Indigenous Peoples Day On The Rise

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A First Nations broadcaster in the United States says Indigenous People’s Day is about celebrating Native American contributions to society and reclaiming history.

Many cities in the U.S. are now recognising Indigenous People’s Day over Columbus Day, hosting Indigenous inspired events celebrating language, history and culture.

In Australia, much debate has been around changing the date of Australia Day in respect of First Nations people who remember January 26 as the day of invasion.

While there is fierce political push back, three councils in Melbourne (Yarra, Darebin and Moreland) have voted to can official Australia Day ceremonies.

Navajo woman Antonia Gonzales is anchor and producer for National Native News in the States and says it’s about educating people.

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