Join in Days of Reflection, Prayer and Meditation for truth and reconciliation, Feb. 10, 18 and 19

By Jenni Parmalee | Feb 10, 2014
Photo by: Jim Nickelson of Camden. © All Rights Reserved. Maine-Wabanaki REACH chose this evocative image to symbolize the Days of Reflection, Prayer and Meditation by Camden-based photographer Jim Nickelson:

On Feb. 10, 18 and 19, members of the Passamaquoddy community at Motahkomikuk (Indian Township) will be sharing their painful experiences and stories of survival with the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC). This sharing is private and not open to the public.

During this time, the TRC and Maine-Wabanaki REACH are calling for Days of Reflection, Prayer and Meditation, asking individuals across Wabanaki and Maine communities to pause in support and solidarity with this historic process of truth, healing and change.

Individuals are also encouraged to share their thoughts, comments and wishes for the Passamaquoddy community at Motahkomikuk and for the TRC Commissioners via Facebook and Twitter.

The Maine Wabanaki TRC represents a historic agreement between Wabanaki Tribal Governments and the State of Maine to uncover and acknowledge the truth about what happened to Wabanaki children and families involved with the Maine Child Welfare system; to create opportunities to heal and learn from the truth; and to collaborate to operate the best child welfare system possible for Wabanaki children.

This process represents the first truth and reconciliation effort within U.S. territory that has been collaboratively developed between Indian nations and a state government. In June 2012, all five Wabanaki Tribal Government Chiefs and Governor Paul LePage signed a mandate specifying how the TRC should be conducted.

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.

Sources: Maine-Wabanaki REACH and Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

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