On Friday, protesters gathered in Washington for the first-ever Indigenous People's March, a demonstration aimed at bringing awareness to the historical and modern-day injustices faced by indigenous people. They were supported by various progressive organizations, and photos from the Indigenous People's March in DC show how quickly the fight for indigenous rights is gaining steam.
The event was organized by the Indigenous People's Movement and supported by branches of Black Lives Matter, the March for Our Lives, the Sierra Club and other left-leaning groups. IPM media coordinator Darren Thompson tells Voice of America that the march aims to both empower indigenous people and increase public awareness of issues concerning indigenous people.
“Our main goal is to send a message that we are still here, we are organized, and we are growing,” Thompson, an Ojibwe and member of the Lac du Flambeau tribe in Wisconsin, tells Voice of America. “We are looking not only to empower each other but share important information with the American public about the legacy of colonization.”
Nathalie Farfan, an Ecuadorian Indigenous woman and organizer of the event, told Remezcla that the march is "a collective cry for help, because we're in a time of crisis that we have not seen in a very long time."
"When I say crisis, I mean collective crisis," Farfan said. "A lot of Indigenous people from around the world are suffering from the same colonization."
Here's what the march looked like, and what its attendees had to say about about the unique challenges that indigenous people face.