Maine-Wabanaki REACH’s Denise Altvater and Esther Attean, two women who helped create the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC), will speak at Bates College on Wed., Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Part of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships’ Civic Forum Series, “The History, Necessity and Process of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission” will be held at Bates’ Olin Arts Center Auditorium, 75 Russell Street in Lewiston.
Sharing from his acclaimed Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) series, artist and historian Robert Shetterly will introduce the evening by sharing the portraits he painted of REACH’s Altvater and Attean. AWTT highlights citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental and economic fairness.
As part of the event, REACH Community Engagement Coordinator Arla Patch will discuss the history, trauma and its impacts, while Attean and Altvater will talk about the process that led to the TRC’s historical establishment; the healing that has begun; and REACH’s vision for the future of Maine and Wabanaki communities.
Contact hours for teachers and social workers are available.
For more information, please contact REACH Community Engagement Coordinator Arla Patch at arla @ megalink.net.