Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2022

The idea to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed at the 1977 UN Conference by Indigenous advocates. Since then, more than a dozen states and hundreds of cities have adopted the day.

2014 marked the first Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Seattle. The recognition was a result of advocacy by local Indigenous organizers since 2009. In 2021, President Biden officially recognized the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The movement shifts the focus towards a more accurate representation of history, the resilience, and contributions of Native Americans spanning generations.

Today’s Moment

The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared water of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot nations.

At EarthLab, we believe that centering equity and justice in environmental work includes honoring the knowledge and work of communities that disproportionately face environmental harms. This idea comes to bear when we consider the social and ecological harm Indigenous communities are experiencing due to large environmental events such as climate change, and we recognize the value and necessity of acknowledging multiple ways of knowing. The following are UW-related resources and events recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day. 

Watch Together

Tonight (Monday, October 10th from 6:00-8:00pm)! Head to the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center for a screening of ‘Imagining the Indian‘, a documentary that examines the movement that is ending the use of Native American names, logos, and mascots in the world of sports and beyond.

Poster for the 'Imagining the Indian' documentary viewing and panel taking place October 10, 2022.

The event is put on by the UW Center for Anti-Racism and Community Health (ARCH), UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D), wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ  Intellectual House, and the UW School of Public Health.

Explore the Indigenous Speaker Series

EarthLab is proud to co-sponsor a virtual Indigenous Speaker Series hosted by the Northwest Indian College. The series amplifies voices of Indigenous people and promotes a dialogue about Indigenous people’s culture and traditional lived experiences.

A list of past conversations including recordings can be found on our website.

Walk the Walk

Experience the UW Seattle campus from a different perspective — through the Indigenous Walking Tour.

Photo of Owen Oliver and EarthLab summer interns standing under a large tree during the Indigenous Walking Tour on the UW Seattle campus.
Sara Adams
Owen Oliver guides EarthLab summer interns through the Indigenous Walking Tour on the UW Seattle campus.

Created by recent graduate Owen L. Oliver (Quinault/Isleta Pueblo), the tour guides you through stories of place across seven locations on campus. You can pick up a copy of the walking tour booklet at the University Book Store, on the American Indian Studies website or experience the tour virtually.

Watch Gather

he EarthLab Learning Collective offered a free screening of Gather to our staff this summer. Gather is a documentary about Indigenous food sovereignty. The film beautifully captures efforts to rediscover identity through ancestral foods.

“The industrial revolution is over. Now, if we want to survive, if we want to carry on life on Earth, we need to be a part of the restorative revolution,” – Samuel Gensaw (Yurok), activist 

Learn more about the film, the stories featured, and how to watch on the Gather Film website.

Be in Community

Explore these resources for UW students, faculty and staff: 


This Weekend: The 2022 Conservation Summit of the UW Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Please join the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington for their annual Conservation Summit on August 12th and 13th, as they celebrate and amplify voices of the next generation of conservation. Through recorded presentations to be made available on August 12th,  DDCSP@UW scholars in their final year will share their journeys in conservation and, most recently, their experiences in internships with partner organizations across Washington. On August 13th, scholars will participate in live streamed and interactive panel discussions.

Register here!

Watch the recordings from the 2022 UN Ocean Conference

Last month, three UW researchers representing two EarthLab organizations presented at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference. Their research centered around ocean equity and access to data. Curious to learn more? Watch the presentation recordings below:

Virtual webinar on ocean equity from Ocean Nexus Center

The Ocean Nexus-led side event introduced a new framework to showcase the development and transmission of Procedural Key Performance Indicators (PKPI), that guide sustainable development efforts in oceans to contribute to reducing social inequity and inequality. Eight Nexus fellows and postdoc researchers within the Ocean Nexus network will present their work on feminist epistemology, ocean’s climate justice, social impacts of marine conservation, racial history of US fisheries and ocean plastic policy in Italy.

In-Person event on access to data moderated by Washington Ocean Acidification Center

The University of Washington’s Washington Ocean Acidification Center and Ocean Nexus Center hosted a side event “Ocean Acidification: Co-designing data connections to underserved communities for equitable outcomes” during the United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 30th, 2022. The event highlighted successful partnerships with Indigenous, Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and other underserved communities on co-designing activities for adaptation and response strategies.

UN Ocean Conference Side Event | “Ocean Acidification: Co-designing data connections to underserved communities for equitable outcomes”

UN Ocean Conference Virtual Side Event | “Procedural Key Performance Indicators (PKPI) for Assessing Global Ocean Equity”

EarthLab Presents: The Intersectional Environmentalist Event Recording

On May 5, 2022, EarthLab had a virtual conversation with Leah Thomas, founder of the Intersectional Environmentalist organization. This event recording features Leah reading an excerpt from her new book, “The Intersectional Environmentalist: How to Dismantle Systems of Oppression to Protect People + Planet,” and her answering questions from the audience. You can watch the full recorded event here.

Future Rivers Presents: The Revolution Generation

Water & the World As We Know It: In Conversation with Giulio Boccaletti

Boccaletti event banner for website

COP26: Reflections from the Global Climate Conference & Implications for UW

About the Event

As a UN registered Research & Independent Non-Governmental Organization (RINGO), UW sent three official delegates to the UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP 26. These delegates were UW’s three “observers” participating in the meetings, appointed by the Office of Global Affairs.

EarthLab and the Office of Global Affairs have invited the three UW delegates to communicate with the broader UW community their reflections on the global conference and what we – as a university and as individuals – might do to follow up.

Kristie Ebi, Professor, Center for Health and the Global Environment
Deb Morrison, Research Scientist, College of Education
Maya Tolstoy, Incoming Dean, College of the Environment

Ben Packard, EarthLab
Jeff Riedinger, Vice Provost, Office of Global Affairs

Dec 16, 2021 02:30 PM PT


View the Recording

2021 Nature and Health Conference Reaches a Global Audience