Prior to the recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Seattle, a group of indigenous organizers led marches and protests in downtown Seattle on Columbus Day from 2009-2014. In 2014, team of Native activists and allies successfully advocated for the City of Seattle to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. That year, United Indians hosted Seattle’s first Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration.

This year, Indigenous Peoples’ Day at UIATF is going hybrid! Of course, we hope to be able to gather safely together in person again soon. For now, though, we’re thrilled to bring you a virtual celebration with talented dancers, singers, and speakers. We will remember all those who endured the residential schools, honoring the survivors. We will also celebrate resilience and healing.

The virtual event will begin at 2pm live on Facebook. Stay up to date by following our Facebook event page, and watch there live on the day! Remember to invite your friends!

***IN ADDITION to our virtual event, we will host a drive-through at Daybreak Star. Drop by from 12pm – 3pm to pick up a bag containing an #everychildmatters t-shirt and bracelet, a candle, and a small snack. While supplies last: limited quantities available.***

Special thanks to Group Health Foundation, City of Seattle, Na’ah Illahee Fund, and 4Culture for supporting this event!


You can watch our 2020 virtual celebration on Facebook or Vimeo.

Thank you to the sponsors of our 2020 Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration!

Our community events are the backbone of our organization, bringing community together and often bringing in much support for our programs. These events could not happen without the generous support of dedicated volunteers. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities within these events, including setting up, cleaning, serving food, assisting elders, and much more! Learn more here.