OLD TOWN and ELLSWORTH, Maine, July 18, 2014 – Days of Reflection, Prayer and Meditation continue, July 21-22, as Statement Gathering returns to the Passamaquoddy communities of Motahkomikuk and Sipayik.
During this time, Maine-Wabanaki REACH will join the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as it gathers statements about State child welfare experiences with Passamaquoddy community members. This Statement Gathering is private and not open to the public.
In honor and solidarity with this historic process, REACH and the TRC are asking individuals across Wabanaki and Maine communities to take a moment to pause during this time. Individuals are also asked to share thoughts, comments and wishes for participants on the REACH and TRC Facebook and Twitter pages.
The next planned observance of Days of Reflection, Prayer and Meditation is Wed., Aug. 6, to coincide with Statement Gathering with the Aroostook Band of Micmacs.
Maine-Wabanaki REACH is a cross-cultural collaborative that promotes best child welfare practice through reconciliation, engagement, advocacy, change and healing activities for and between Wabanaki and Maine citizens, communities and governments.
The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) addresses truths of Wabanaki experiences with child welfare to promote healing and change. It’s the nation’s first TRC to address child welfare and Native people.