Central Oregon Community College (COCC) announced Monday they will recognize the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, starting this year on Oct. 11.
The decision comes after the board of directors voted unanimously at last week’s monthly meeting.
COCC formally adopted a land acknowledgement in 2020 to recognize the original people who lived on the land where the campuses sit.
“To continue with this respect and support, COCC recommended that our board of directors formally recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” said Dr. Laurie Chesley, the college’s president.
“In addition to this annual recognition,” added Christy Walker, COCC’s director of diversity and inclusion, “The college’s office of diversity and inclusion, Native American program and the diversity committee will curate educational and social activities and offer public events to create greater awareness and appreciation of Indigenous peoples and their cultures.”
The college will announce the free programming in the coming weeks.