Replace Columbus Observance and Refocus: Haudenosaunee Films to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day


The “Replace Columbus Observance,” begins at 6 PM. We will gather at the Columbus monument to publicly acknowledge our commitment to correct his false hero image; and to give respect to all Indigenous Peoples whose lives were irrevocably changed by genocidal violence and the impacts of colonialism, past and present. Speakers include Andy Mager of NOON, Maryann Zeppetello and Natalie LoRusso of WISH CNY, and Resilient Indigenous Action Collective (RIAC) members Ionah Scully (Cree-Métis, Michel First Nation) and Danielle Smith (Onondaga Nation, Hawk Clan) and citizen leaders of the Onondaga Nation. Local musician and composer Colleen Kattau will lead us in an original song. As we complete the observance, attendees have the opportunity to participate in a powerful visual group message of solidarity and compassion. At 6:40 PM, we will proceed to the Everson Museum of Art Plaza.

At the Everson Museum of Art Plaza, enjoy Refocus: Haudenosaunee Films to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with WISH CNY, NOON, and other friends and neighbors. Bring your blanket, chair, warm drink, and snack as we view forty minutes of artistic films in celebration of Haudenosaunee culture.

Starting at 7 PM, these films will be projected on the exterior wall of the building, followed by a second loop beginning around 7:40 PM. Members of WISH CNY and NOON will be present with tabling materials to answer questions and distribute information, buttons, and lawn/window signs.

With thanks for their ongoing work and generous contributions to this evening, we recognize Indigenous Values Initiative, Rematriation Magazine, Resilient Indigenous Action Collective, and Skä•noñh Great Law of Peace Center.

These events are possible due to a collaborative community effort organized by members of NOON and WISH CNY. The Observance and Replace events are co-sponsored by NOON and WISH CNY, with Light Work and Urban Video Project as additional co-sponsors of Refocus. We are grateful to the Everson Museum of Art as the host site for Refocus; and also give thanks to the SU Native Student Program, the Onondaga Historical Association, Cuse Action Medics, and the Syracuse Peace Council for their contributions and support towards this evening.   Replace&Refocus Poster (1)

FYI: Health and wellness officers will be present. Please follow all CDC Covid guidelines. We request that participants wear a mask and practice social distancing. Remember to dress for the weather and bring a folding chair or items of comfort as needed.

Contact WISH CNY or NOON for further information: wishcny@gmail.com or spc@peacecouncil.net