A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker
Dear families and community,
Monday, Oct. 11 is Indigenous Peoples Day/Coast Salish Day, and it is a day to honor and celebrate the past, present and future of Indigenous people. Our schools and district are located on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish people.
Bellingham Public Schools is dedicated to strengthening our relationships with the Lummi and Nooksack tribes and building stronger connections across our district and schools.
We want to share information about local events happening and some resources that we recently shared with staff to incorporate into teaching and learning and further our collective understanding and appreciation of Native peoples.
Here are two local events happening on Monday to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
- Changing the Way We Are (Please note the keynote presentation at 11:35 a.m. will address genocide, rape and other sensitive topics critical to understanding the cultural consequences of history on present day Indigenous peoples. You can review these resources at Children of the Setting Sun Productions.)
- Indigenous Day Celebration: in recognition of Mother Earth and the Salmon People
I also encourage you to view resources below from Lummi partners and the Since Time Immemorial curriculum.
- What about those promises? is a stage play written by Darrell Hillaire and produced by Children of the Setting Sun. On the linked channel, the Treaty of Point Elliott 1855 is broken down in sections.
- Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington state: This social studies curriculum was created through a partnership between the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and Tribal nations in Washington and was endorsed by all 29 federally-recognized Tribes in Washington.
- The State We’re In: Washington: From the Since Time Immemorial, The State We’re In: Washington is an online and printed educational publication developed by the League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund. Part of a larger Civic Education Project, this instructional resource establishes the link between public participation and effective government.
- The Fish Wars: What Kinds of Actions Can Lead to Justice?
- This inquiry provides perspectives from Native American community members and their supporters, images, news footage, an interactive timeline, and other sources about an important campaign to secure the treaty rights and sovereignty of Native Nations of the Pacific Northwest. Explore the many actions Native Nations took to address injustices.
I hope you join me in honoring this important day.