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Connections: Discussing how to honor Indigenous peoples and Italian heritage

Oct 11, 2021

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