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Canadian Thanksgiving / Coast Salish Day feast

Kevin Dooley, Flickr Creative Commons

Kevin Dooley, Flickr Creative Commons

"A Salish Welcome" statue, byMartin Oliver (at Ballard Locks). Photo by Bryan Ochalla, Flickr Creative Commons

"A Salish Welcome" statue, byMartin Oliver (at Ballard Locks). Photo by Bryan Ochalla, Flickr Creative Commons

Oct 12th is both Canadian Thanksgiving and Coast Salish Day, so we're going to do what seems appropriate: get together, eat, recognize the heritage of this land, and express gratitude. 

We're going to have a mostly traditional Thanksgiving meal, with salmon instead of the turkey! Since it's a potluck the rest of the meal will be brought by those who attend - and all are welcome!

Location is at the house of two Echoes persons. Contact us for address and/or directions.

Information on Coast Salish Day, from the article on the website, Last Real Indians:

Bellingham City Council Renames Columbus Day “Coast Salish Day”

 Hours after Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray signed Seattle’s “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” resolution into law, the Bellingham City Council, located two hours North of Seattle, voted unanimously to rename Columbus Day to “Coast Salish Day” in recognition of the regions Coast Salish Peoples.

“Why do we celebrate an individual [Columbus] when so many bad things happened because of what he did?” -Roxanne Murphy

The resolution was drafted by Bellingham City Council member Roxanne Murphy (Nooksack). During the Oct 13th hearing an outpouring of support from community members filled the Bellingham city council chambers expressing their support for the renaming of Columbus Day to Coast Salish Day.

Bellingham’s resolution follows similar resolutions passed by Seattle, Minneapolis, the Seattle School Board and the Portland School Board.


WHEREAS, the second Monday in October currently serves as Columbus Day in United States;

WHEREAS, Washington State does not celebrate Columbus Day;

WHEREAS, research has shown that Coast Salish Tribes including the Nooksack Indian Tribe and the Lummi Nation have lived, worked and played in Bellingham since time immemorial;

WHEREAS, the era of colonization and the genocidal actions of Christopher Columbus have led to historical trauma within various cultures and people, namely Coast Salish populations;

WHEREAS, the City of Bellingham has an opportunity to celebrate the Coast Salish people who predated Christopher Columbus; and


THAT the City of Bellingham will recognize this holiday as Coast Salish Day.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the City of Bellingham will honor every second Monday in October as Coast Salish Day.

Earlier Event: October 5
Theology Pub @ Elizabeth Station
Later Event: October 17
Overnight: Roundhouse Yurt Roundup