Sunny Balkin SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)- Yesterday, October 14th, people across the nation celebrated both Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
In Syracuse, the celebration of Columbus Day began before noon at the Columbus Day wreath laying ceremony in Columbus Circle. Syracuse Mayor, Ben Walsh, who was present at the ceremony, said that he has no immediate plans to change the holiday to Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the city of Syracuse. Nor does he have plans to halt the honouring of Christopher Columbus.
However, Syracuse University has been observing Indigenous Peoples’ Day since 2016. Yesterday the SU Native Student Program held a “150 Years of Impact” event on the Syracuse University quad. The event, which went on from noon-4pm, hosted people from all across CNY and had traditional first nation music.
Some states that recognise Indigenous Peoples’ Day include Oregon, South Dakota, New Mexico, and Maine.