A140 (Urge The Episcopal Church and Constituents to Designate Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
House of Bishops Message #286
The House of Bishops informs the House of Deputies that on Jul 10, 2022 it considered resolution A140 (Urge The Episcopal Church and Constituents to Designate Indigenous Peoples’ Day). The house acted to:
Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring,
That on the homelands of the Piscataway, Nentego (Nanticoke), and Susquehannock peoples, the 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church urges all Episcopal entities, dioceses, parishes and missions to designate a day honoring our Indigneous ancestors. Further, domestic and United States territorial dioceses across the church as well as all Episcopal entities to refer to the U.S. federal holiday of Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day; and be it further
Resolved, that nations across the globe have adopted Indigenous’ Peoples Day as a holiday and/or observance, including, but not limited to Colombia and Taiwan, and, further the United Nations recognized August 9 as the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
Resolved, That observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day would serve as a celebration and a remembrance of the Indigenous peoples who have for thousands of generations safeguarded the land, and who, in the face of cultural genocide, preserved their languages, traditions, stories, and ceremonies for future generations; and be it further
Resolved, That all diocesan offices, parishes, and Episcopal Church-related organizations are encouraged to examine their observance, remembrance, and honoring of our Indigenous and Native siblings.;