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Indigenous Peoples’ Day at MCPHS

MCPHS respectfully acknowledges that the land that we learn, work, live, and commune on is the original N’dakinna (homelands) of Indigenous People who have stewarded it throughout hundreds of generations and are still connected to this land on which we gather.

Boston is the original N’dakinna of the Massachusett, the indigenous nation from whom the present day Commonwealth of Massachusetts derived its name, and their neighbors the Wampanoag. The Massachusett and Wampanoag were some of the first people to make contact with the European explorers and English colonists. The Nipmuc, which means the People of the Fresh Water, have been stewards for over 12,000 years of the land where our Worcester Campus is situated. On this land, the Nipmuc carried out traditional practices that assured connection and harmony with the Earth and all life. Manchester, NH is the land of the Abenaki, Pennacook, and Wabanaki (“People of the Dawn”) tribal nations. These Indigenous People set up villages along rivers and lakes where they had access to water and could hunt, farm, and fish.

MCPHS humbly pays respect to the Massachusett, Wampanoag, Nipmuc, Abenaki, Pennacook, Wabanaki, and other tribal nations’ elders, past, present, and emerging. We also acknowledge the University’s role to foster relationships and opportunities that strengthen the well-being of the Indigenous People who carry forward the traditions of their ancestors. While this is a small step towards sharing indigenous history, amplifying indigenous voices, and supporting justice of our indigenous community, it is an important step towards building a culture of respect, truth, and accountability.

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