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Discussing local Indigenous Peoples' Day and Italian Heritage Day celebrations

(foreground) Trish Corcoran and Ronnie Pollack, and (background) Kathy Castania and Joe Chaffee on "Connections"
Evan Dawson
(foreground) Trish Corcoran and Ronnie Pollack, and (background) Kathy Castania and Joe Chaffee on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Wednesday, September 27, 2023
A smiling man with short dark hair wearing a blue button-down shirt and a grey blazer. He is holding a pair of eyeglasses. The word "Connections" appears on the left side of the photo in vertical letters.

Rochester is gearing up to celebrate its second annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Rochester City Council voted unanimously last June to establish the second Monday in October as the official day, which honors Native American history and culture. Rochester is one of about 200 cities across the nation that have renamed or replaced Columbus Day, according to

Members of a local Italian heritage committee called Cugini di Roc support the change and – as they say – have been working to build up a day where Italians can celebrate their culture without centering any one person. Rochester proclaimed the first Sunday in October to be that day.

This hour, we discuss it all with our guests:

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.