Why Our Firm is Closed on Indigenous People’s Day

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The following piece contains mentions of racism, sexual assault/abuse, sexism, and violence. Here at FUNKY BROWN CHICK, we are committed to providing informative and respectful information. We recognize we live in a distressing world. As such, when we bring attention to injustices that you may or may not be aware of, please proceed cautiously and prioritize your well-being. Your mental and emotional health are important to us.

On October 9th, our firm joins countless others across the US in observance of Indigenous People’s Day. This significant holiday is a celebration of the rich and diverse cultures of Indigenous communities while also serving as a powerful reminder of the injustices they have endured throughout history and continue to face today. 

We celebrate Indigenous People’s Day as part of global efforts to call for more accurate and inclusive representations of history. It replaced Columbus Day, which often perpetuates a narrative that overlooked the devastating impact of European colonization on Indigenous communities. That’s why the heart of Indigenous People’s Day is more centered on celebrating the vibrant cultures, traditions, and wisdom of Indigenous communities. These diverse cultures offer unique perspectives on the world, fostering harmony with nature and emphasizing the interconnectedness of all living beings. Promoting and preserving their heritage enriches everyone’s collective understanding of humanity’s tapestry.

While Indigenous People’s Day is a time of celebration, it is also a solemn occasion to confront the dark legacy of the past. Throughout history, Indigenous communities have faced devastating atrocities, forced displacement, and cultural suppression. By acknowledging these truths, we can collectively learn from the past and work towards a more just and equitable future.

Sadly, the injustices faced by Indigenous peoples are not confined to history books. Present-day issues persist and demand urgent attention. Among the pressing concerns is the disproportionately high rate at which Indigenous women go missing or are murdered, a crisis that has long been underreported and unaddressed.

Additionally, Indigenous communities experience higher rates (2.5 times more likely) of sexual abuse and sexual assault than other populations. These heartbreaking statistics should not only make us angry, they underscore the urgent need for awareness, advocacy, and support for Indigenous communities.

As a firm committed to social responsibility and justice, we stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities and advocate for their rights. On Indigenous People’s Day, join us in taking a stand against historical erasure and marginalization. One way to take a stand is to celebrate the indigenous community by visiting the National Museum of the American Indian in-person or even virtually! And if you’re looking for more things to do check out this list

A future where all cultures are celebrated, and justice and equality flourish happens if we commit to it. Let us continue the journey toward healing, reconciliation, and a shared vision of a more inclusive and compassionate society for all.