By Lisa Carolin
Members of the Chelsea Human Rights Commission were in disagreement about the topic of Indigenous People’s Day taking the place of Columbus Day in the City of Chelsea during a discussion at the HRC’s Aug. 7 meeting.
It was brought up by Chelsea resident Julia Strimer, who will be invited to a future HRC meeting to further address the subject.
HRC member Joanne Ladio said that having an Indigenous People’s Day is part of a national movement to honor Native Americans. HRC members disagreed as to whether the topic would alienate some local residents.
Strimer said she brought the topic to the attention of the HRC with the hope that the HRC would make a recommendation to City Council, which she thought would have more weight than her introducing the topic to City Council herself.
Also discussed at the meeting were the presentations that HRC members continue to do about the results of its 2018 survey. On Aug. 5, members met with Mike Kapolka, principal of Chelsea High School, who reported that he found the survey results of high school students useful. They talked about high school students possibly attending HRC meetings, especially those focusing on issues that came up in the survey.
HRC members will be meeting with the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 15, and will do a presentation for the Chelsea Rotary Club on Oct. 27.
HRC member Dan Kaminsky said that he plans to attend an Ypsilanti Human Relations Commission meeting Aug.14.
The HRC meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers. The next meeting is Sept. 4.