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Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month

November is Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month 

Land Acknowledgement:

We at Irvine Valley College acknowledge the Acjachemen and Tongva Peoples, the Traditional Owners of the land where our campus is located. We pay respect to their Elders, both past and present, who have occupied the area for over 8,000 years.

We encourage everyone to continue learning about the traditional caretakers of our community and learn to be in good relation with them. This also means committing ourselves to learning how to be better caretakers of the land we inhabit.


What is a Land Acknowledgment?

A land acknowledgement is a formal statement presented at the beginning of public events and gatherings that recognizes and honors the original residents, Indigenous groups.

We highly encourage campus members to open meetings and events with this land acknowledgement, especially during this month and beyond.


Honoring Dia de los Muertos
(Saturday, October 31 - Monday, November 2, 2020)

Dia De Los MuertosAlthough Dia los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated widely throughout Latin-American countries, it’s roots trace back to indigenous traditions. Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human cycle of life where, for three days, the dead return and are once again part of the community. Altars and offerings are put out to help awaken the deceased from their sleep and share in celebration with their families and loved ones. In the state of Guerrero, Mexico, the Tlapaneca People offer their deceased adults mole, tamales, and mezcal as offerings. In Veracruz, Mexico the Totonac Peoples consider the altar a small world: earth is represented by the flowers and vegetation, water is placed under the altar, the sky made out of tepejilote leaves, and the sun made with coyol palm leaves. To learn more, visit The Native Roots of Dia de los Muertos.


IVC Equity Programs and Events

Womxn of Color Collective (WOCC)Womxn of Color Collective (WoCC): Thriving Collectively Growing — Building Communities of Support
Thursday​, November 19  |  Noon - 1:30 pm  |  Registration Required

IVC EMCEESIVC EMCEES (IVC ELEVATE’s Men of Color by Engaging and Embracing Solidarity)
Friday, November 13  |  10:30 - 11:30 am  |  Registration Required


Access Anytime: Art, Culture, Learning and More


Related IVC Courses

  • ETHN 10 – Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • HIST 23 – History of California
  • HIST 30 – History of Ethnicity and Culture in the United States
  • SOC 20 – Race and Ethnic Group Relations
  • LIT 46 – Ethnicity and Literature of the United States
  • COMM 9 – Intercultural Communication
  • HLTH 6 – Health and Social Justice