At 5 a.m. on Columbus Day, a dozen Mission youth boarded a ferry for Alcatraz to the sound of drum beats. They were on their way to Indigenous Peoples Day, a sunrise ceremony celebrating Native American culture.
“Most of our kids are kids of color,” said Valerie Tulier, director of the Mission Beacon Center, a community-based organization that keeps kids off the street by offering activities such as tutoring, art classes and field trips.
“When you start planting seeds of social awareness … culture and community, then they start to have a different perspective on what their position is in society,” she said.
Many years ago and while living and working in the Mission, I too had the opportunity to participate in a similar sun rise ceremony with my native brothers and sisters and know, it touched me deeply and serves to this day as a remnder to stay on the “Red Path” and true to who and what we are; and do believe WE ARE ALL ONE PEOPLE !