Activists march for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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Activists march for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

A woman and child sit on the pavement at Park Street Station while listening to speakers at the Rally for Indigenous People's Day on October 6.

A woman and child sit on the pavement at Park Street Station while listening to speakers at the Rally for Indigenous People's Day on October 6.

A woman and child sit on the pavement at Park Street Station while listening to speakers at the Rally for Indigenous People's Day on October 6.

A woman and child sit on the pavement at Park Street Station while listening to speakers at the Rally for Indigenous People's Day on October 6.

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Photo credit: Leila Habib

Activists march throughout Boston Saturday to call to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Cambridge recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2016 and Somerville celebrated the holiday for the first time this year.

People gather with signs and banners at Park Street Station on October 6 for a rally in support of Indigenous People’s Day before marching to the Columbus statue at the Boston Harbor.

Ukumbwa Sauti spoke in support of Indigenous People’s Day at the Park Street Station.

A woman and child sit on the pavement at Park Street Station while listening to speakers at the Rally for Indigenous People’s Day on October 6.

A Boston police officer stands in front of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel where UNITE HERE Local 26 hotel workers were on strike. Marchers for Indigenous People’s Day briefly joined the workers’ picket line on their way to the Christopher Columbus Statue at Boston Harbor.

Fourth-year Northeastern student Rachel Domond chants with marchers to support the declaration of Indigenous People’s Day in Boston.

Supporters of Indigenous People’s Day march from Park Street Station to the Christopher Columbus Statue at the Boston Harbor to advocate for the declaration of Indigenous People’s Day in the city. Marchers called out a variety of chants in unison, including “City by city, town by town, we’re gonna tear Columbus Day down.”

Supporters of Indigenous People’s Day march from Park Street Station to the Christopher Columbus Statue at the Boston Harbor to advocate for the declaration of Indigenous People’s Day in the city. Marchers called out a variety of chants in unison, including “City by city, town by town, we’re gonna tear Columbus Day down.”

Marchers near the Christopher Columbus Statue at the Boston Harbor.

Boston police officers ensure arriving marchers keep a distance from the Christopher Columbus Statue. After hearing from speakers, protesters turned their backs on the statue to face the water at Boston Harbor.

Boston police officers surrounded the Christopher Columbus Statue with police tape to prevent marchers from getting close to the statue.