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Connections: Discussing how to honor Indigenous peoples and Italian heritage


Today is Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day. In Rochester, a committee formed by Italian Americans has been working to determine the best way to honor Indigenous peoples while maintaining a day of celebration for Italian heritage.

Our guests discuss their work:

  • Ronnie Pollack, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Eagle Clan, co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee, and executive director of the Native American Cultural Center
  • Lawrence Torcello, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at RIT
  • Kathy Castania, co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee, member of the Italian Heritage Committee, and member of the SURJ ROC education committee

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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