Bainbridge will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day at the Filipino Community Hall on Monday, Oct. 9.
The event is hosted by the city of Bainbridge Island, the Indipino Community of Bainbridge Island and the Suquamish Tribe.
It kicks off with food and refreshments at 1 p.m., followed by the formal program at 1:30 p.m. with traditional songs, remarks from Bainbridge Mayor Val Tollefson and Councilman Ron Peltier, and an intergenerational panel discussion featuring members of various tribes. The panel members will be sharing their thoughts on what it means to be an Indigenous person in today’s society, and the significance of Indigenous Peoples Day.
It’s the second year for the celebration.
The Bainbridge Island City Council unanimously passed a resolution last year that declared the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day. The drafting of the resolution was a collaboration between the city, the Bainbridge’s Indipino Community and the Suquamish Tribe. The resolution recognizes the long presence of Indigenous Peoples in the Americas, their contributions to our communities and to the country, as well as the historic racism and social inequity Indigenous Peoples have endured.