The impact of historical trauma, also known as intergenerational trauma, is seen in the highest rates of socio-economic distress of any population in the country. Promoting healing and resiliency in Wabanaki communities is key to Wabanaki people turning around present challenging realities and thriving.
REACH strives to:
1) Help people understand the causes of the trauma experienced by individuals and groups
2) Educate how that gets passed down through generations, impacting minds, bodies and experiences
3) Provide the space and the support necessary for healing and building resiliency
Reconciliation aims to restore balance in the relationship between Wabanaki and Maine people. The restoration of relationship leads to institutional and systemic change, in this case, in child welfare policies and practices.
This work can transcend child welfare and serve as a model to strengthen tribal–state relations in all areas of importance to the Wabanaki Tribes and the State of Maine as these governments experience and witness a collaborative approach to resolving longstanding intergovernmental disputes or tensions.
Reconciliation, at its best, may help avoid repeating the harms of the past yet again.
“We can work together to make sure that everyone simply follows laws and policies, or we can go deeper and figure out how to make changes because it is the right thing to do.”
– Denise Yarmal Altvater