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Today is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. A quick peruse of Twitter confirms that corporations and organizations are adhering to the woke left’s social media schedule, with obligatory shout-outs to the Indigenous peoples of the world. But the time for thoughtful captions with a 24-hour shelf life is long past (and let’s be honest, there was never a time for that!). Native communities continue to safeguard their knowledge, speak truth to power, share their stories, and hold the memory of what has been while imagining what could be with or without our commemorative Tweets today. Our Indigenous communities deserve more – deeper listening from non-Natives and real money, lots of it, to continue holding and sharing the way forward.
It’s increasingly clear that our country’s systems are working as intended- to strip women and marginalized people of their rights and bodily autonomy, while expecting them to carry on the responsibilities of keeping our society and economy running. While the current flavor of oppression and blatant disregard for life (see gun violence stats) and our bodily autonomy feels new to me, a 34-year-old white cis woman, (see the overturning of Roe), it’s nothing new for Native communities.
So here’s our ask for today: listen to Native voices and perspectives, support Indigenous-led work with real $$$ and keep showing up with funding, acknowledgments, and celebrations far beyond International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
To kick off the kind of deep listening we’re talking about, we sat down with IllumiNative’s Leah Salgado to (re)connect on the power of cultural organizing and building the world we want right now.