PORTLAND, Maine – Nov. 7, 2013 – In preparation for the nation’s first truth and reconciliation commission to address child welfare and Native people, a series of events will be held at the University of Southern Maine – Portland campus, Tues., Nov. 12, and Wed., Nov. 13.
Maine-Wabanaki REACH staff, joined by a Commissioner of the Maine Wabanaki-State Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC,) will discuss the History, Necessity and Process of the TRC on Tues., Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Talbot Lecture Hall, Luther Bonney Hall, at the University of Souther Maine – Portland Campus. CEUs are available for teachers and social workers.
REACH is also conducting training opportunities for volunteers and allies, Nov. 12 and 13.
On Tue., Nov. 12, REACH Co-Director Esther Attean will talk about the history and necessity of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in ICWA for Social Workers, Students and Counselors. The presentations will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. in the Shep Lee Auditorium, 133 Wishcamper. Contact hours are available.
Then, on Wed., Nov. 13, the Maine Wabanaki TRC Research Coordinator Rachel George will conduct Statement Gatherer Training for those wishing to volunteer for the TRC in this capacity. The training will be held in USM’s Glickman Library, Rm 423/424, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Also on Wednesday, REACH Community Engagement Coordinator Arla Patch will present Maine-Wabanaki REACH Speakers Bureau Training to Give Presentations. The training is open to Maine and Wabanaki citizens who want to learn how to be active partners in building awareness of history and the TRC process. Training will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Glickman Library, Rm 423/424.
For more information, contact:
Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare TRC