The more we learn, the more we might want to do something to make things better. Here are some ways you can begin the courageous conversations that can help spark positive change in your community.
For a Native person, REACH Co-Director Esther Attean offers these suggestions:
- Participate in Peace and Healing Circles and Reconciliation Ceremonies in your community.
- Reach out to the Wabanaki Community Organizers in your community.
- Be a member of the TRC Community Group in your area. There is a group in each Tribal community and one for Wabanaki Health and Wellness in Bangor.
- Share your story with the TRC when it visits your community.
- Spread the word. Talk to your family, friends and co-workers about the TRC process; help educate Tribal leaders and community members.
For a non-Native person, REACH Community Relations Coordinator Arla Patch offers these suggestions:
- Take emotions that arise and use them as fuel for action.
- Learn all you can about the history.
- Share what you learn with others. Spread the word, talk with family, friends and co-workers about history and the TRC process; help educate town leaders, civic organizations and your community members; host an educational awareness event. If were involved in the delivery of State child welfare services to Wabanaki children and families, share your story with the TRC.
- Continue to explore your own white privilege, your prejudices and assumptions about Native people.
- Look for ways to become an ally to Wabanaki people.
- Learn about who you are and from where you have come.
- Honor your own heritage.
- Volunteer with the TRC or REACH.
- Speak up.
- Mainers can be proud to be the first state to step up and address this issue – the world is watching.
- Take care of yourself, allow yourself to grieve and restore.