MARQUETTE, Mich. (WBUP) – Northern Michigan University’s first official Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration was today.

Today’s events were on Zoom and focused on what it means to be indigenous and educating those who might not know the history surrounding the fight for Indigenous Peoples’ recognition.

The event was hosted by NMU’s Native American Student Association to recognize the past and current state of colonization for Indigenous Peoples.

The Native American Student Association President delivered opening remarks and the event included drum songs, a keynote speaker, panel discussion, and closing ceremony.

NMU President Fritz Erickson also made an announcement today about a new land acknowledgement task force.

President Erickson went on to thank the students who expressed their passion for Indigenous Peoples’ Day.