Some Indigenous Peoples refer to ‘Thanksgiving’ as the ‘National Day of Mourning.’ It is a day founded in a myth about this country’s origin--one that reframes a long history of attempted genocide as a friendly feast. This year many people are mourning loved ones lost to COVID, as well as state and vigilante violence.
So what does 'Thanksgiving' even mean this year anyways? Let's rethink.
This ‘Thanksgiving’ let’s look at the myths and lies the US is founded on and get aligned with Indigenous self-determination and land stewardship. This requires commitments from all of us that reach throughout the whole year, and not just this specific day. For ways to deepen your learning, the Indigenous Solidarity Network has created the “Rethinking Thanksgiving” Toolkit to support you in further learning.