In the United States, Columbus Day has been celebrated for hundreds of years, becoming an official holiday in 1934. Nearly 40 years later, President Nixon designated that Columbus Day would be observed on the second Monday in October.
While many limit their knowledge of Columbus Day to being taught that Christopher Columbus discovered America and enjoying a day off of work or school, for Indigenous people, it is hardly something to celebrate.
Native Americans have long experienced Columbus Day as a painful reminder of how their people were killed, forced to relocate to reservations, and how their culture has been attacked for hundreds of years.
The effects of European colonization still impact Native Americans today, with poverty, unemployment, overcrowding, lack of safe water and sanitation, and inadequate employment and educational opportunities being persistent challenges.
Rather than a celebration of a historical achievement, for Indigenous populations, Columbus Day signifies the genocide and forced assimilation of their people. In 1977, Indigenous Peoples’ Day was proposed in response.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed at the United Nations Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas. It honors Indigenous populations and raises awareness of their culture and history.
As more people become aware that Native American perspectives have been left out of US history, the movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day has grown. Currently, a minimum of 10 states along with numerous cities, towns, and colleges now celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of Columbus Day.
This year, Indigenous Peoples’ Day falls on October 12. If you were not previously aware of the history surrounding Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we hope you’ll take some time out to learn and reflect.
While many events are unable to take place in person this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic (which is also disproportionately impacting Native Americans), virtual options like these are a good way to participate and learn more.
We believe in celebrating diversity on Indigenous Peoples’ Day and beyond. We are all part of a community, and our varied backgrounds, traditions, and experiences all contribute to making that community stronger.
At Au Natural Skinfood, we are here to help. We know that many of the world’s problems are daunting and often seem impossible to address. But we also know that change is made just by taking the first step. Think about what you can do today. It doesn’t have to be huge.
Maybe it’s as simple as reading an article or attending a lecture about another culture. When we grow in awareness and understanding, we are more sensitive to each other’s feelings, and we’re less likely to act in biased or prejudicial manners.
Maybe there’s someone in your community you’ve never spoken to–someone from a different background, socioeconomic group, education level, or religion. Consider reaching out to say hello. You’ll likely find you have more in common than you think, and you may just make a new friend.
Fearlessly Healthy Faces
We are all beautiful, and that beauty shines from within. When it comes to our skin, the same thing is true. Nourishing your skin with products that are natural and scientifically proven to be good for you allows your skin’s natural beauty to shine through.
We believe everyone should be free to be their authentic selves, and we also make a commitment to the authenticity of our products. Integrity is important to us, so we back up our values with action. We constantly strive to find the best ingredients nature can offer and put them through rigorous testing so we can ensure their safety and efficacy.
All our ingredients are ethically sourced and cruelty-free. And they never contain harmful ingredients like BPA and parabens. We want to make sure our products deliver results in a healthy way, and we are always transparent about our ingredients.
Everyone should feel comfortable and beautiful in their own skin. We know that it’s sometimes hard to feel that way when our skin is irritated or we suffer from problems like acne that we may find embarrassing.
Every person’s skin type and challenges are unique to them. If you’d like a confidential consultation to help you find skincare products that work for you, you can use this form to get started.
We should all be free to be our authentic selves. And that means we all need to put effort into creating an inclusive community with a sea of fearlessly healthy faces. Honoring our diverse traditions and cultures, facing history that has been ignored or whitewashed, and making concrete efforts to create a more just and equitable world is an essential component of that.
On October 12, 2020, we hope you’ll join us in observing Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and we hope you’ll continue to celebrate diversity with us every day.
I am here to help and want to support you on your journey to healthy skin, please contact me directly through [email protected] I would love to hear your experience and answer any questions that you might have.
Tracy – Founder
Au Natural Skinfood