Indigenous Roots

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The West Irondequoit Central School District’s Indigenous People’s Sub-Committee (IPSC) – a branch of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coalition – will host a Haudenosaunee Flag Raising Ceremony at 5 PM Wednesday, May 4th at the Irondequoit High School Stadium. The community is invited to this 30-minute ceremony prior to an IHS girls lacrosse game against the Canandaigua Braves. 

A Community Connections virtual Town Hall/panel discussion on Irondequoit’s Indigenous heritage also will take place at 7 PM on May 24th. These two events are the next steps in our district’s efforts to honor Irondequoit’s history. In addition, the IPSC and district collaborated on a special publication, “Honoring Irondequoit’s Indigenous Roots,” that you can read at THIS LINK. It will be mailed to all district residents in May. The subcommittee’s Mission Statement below explains our “Why.” 

The Indigenous Peoples’ DEI Subcommittee is committed to building a strong partnership approach across our community to ensure that Indigenous voices, heritages, and histories are accurately taught, honored, and woven into our district culture.

The special publication includes information on: 

  • The district’s 2002 nickname/mascot change 
  • WICSD’s Land Acknowledgement in 2020 
  • Significance of the Haudenosaunee flag 
  • How to combat Native American “invisibility” 
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