OLD TOWN and ELLSWORTH, Maine, March 25, 2014 – Maine-Wabanaki REACH and the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) are calling for Days of Reflection, Prayer and Meditation, March 26, 27 and 28. The Days coordinate with TRC visits to two Wabanaki communities to gather statements about State child welfare experiences.
On March 26 and 27, the TRC Commissioners will visit the Bangor-based Wabanaki Health and Wellness, and also will be present March 26 and 28 at the Penobscot Indian Nation. During this time, community members will share with the TRC their painful experiences and stories of survival.
This sharing is private and not open to the public.
During these three days, the TRC and REACH are asking individuals across Wabanaki and Maine communities to take a moment to pause in honor and solidarity with this historic process.
Individuals are also encouraged to share their thoughts, comments and wishes for those participating in the statement gathering by posting messages on the TRC and REACH Facebook and Twitter pages.
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.