UAII Workforce Development will be closed on November 26th and 27th

UAII Workforce Development will be closed on November 26th, 2020, and November 27th, 2020 for the United States Thanksgiving holiday. We will resume our remote services on Monday, November 30th, 2020. If you are choosing to celebrate the holiday with friends or family, please do so as safely as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

More on Thanksgiving:

The American celebration we know today as Thanksgiving became a federal holiday in 1863. The holiday itself is based on an American interpretation of events that transpired between colonists and the Wampanoag people in 1621.

During this 2020 holiday season, we welcome our community and community partners to learn more about this federal holiday, its complicated origins, and its implications for today's Wampanoag descendants and other Native Americans.

If you would like to learn more about the Thanksgiving holiday, we recommend the "ThanksTaking or ThanksGiving" episode of the All My Relations Podcast hosted by Matika Wilbur and Dr. Adrienne Keene.

Podcast Episode Description:

This episode talks with Wampanoag scholars Paula Peters and Linda Coombs, who tell us the real story of Thanksgiving, from an Indigenous Perspective.

Thanksgiving is a time for people to come together with their families and give thanks for the blessings in their lives; but the American holiday is rooted in historical fallacy and upholds tired settler colonial belief systems. Instead, let's begin to understand the real story of Thanksgiving and the complex history undergirding this event in relation to Indigenous people. The path to reconciliation starts with honest acknowledgement of our past, with open eyes, and open hearts for a better future. It is time for us to be in good relation with one another. We can do that by learning and unlearning how to give thanks in a good way.