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Local Events Set to Recognize and Celebrate 2023 Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Photo: Indigenous Peoples’ Committee

A series of free, ASL-interpreted and inclusive activities will take place around the city of Rochester in recognition and celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Mon., Oct. 9, 2023.

Here is a schedule supplied by event organizers:

Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m.Every Child Matters:

In remembrance of Indigenous children who were taken from their families and put into Indian Boarding Schools, and where many died, a healing walk will be held to honor them at Lake Riley Lodge, 100 Norris Drive, to Cobbs Hill. Wear orange to show your support. T-shirts will be available.

Monday, October 9, 2023 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day

7:00 a.m. - Sunrise Ceremony - Cobbs Hill Reservoir.

A Ceremony of Remembrance will be held. Hot drinks will be available. Please bring your own mug to be kind to Mother Earth.

11:00 a.m. Main Celebration Site – Genesee Valley Park, Roundhouse, Riverbend, and Canalside shelters, 1000 E. River Road.

Music, performances, education tables, Wampum belt display, lacrosse demonstration, more

1:30 p.m. – Planting of a White Pine Tree of Peace

2:00 p.m. – Performance by the River Dancers

6:00 p.m. - Sunset Ceremony – Genesee Valley Park – Gathering at the Roundhouse,

Celebration of the Sunset over the Genesee River.

Event organizers say Indigenous Peoples’ Day gives the community an opportunity to learn about the “hidden history” of Indigenous people and reflect on the many contributions they have made to our community, country, and society.

All are invited to join in the celebration with Indigenous people and to honor Mother Earth.

More information about this event is available HERE or, or by email at

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