The nation’s first TRC to address child welfare and Native people
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Goals of the TRC

  • Truth

    Uncover and acknowledge the truth about what happened to Wabanaki children and families involved with the Maine child welfare system
  • Healing

    Create opportunities to heal and learn from the truth
  • Change

    Collaborate to operate the best child welfare system possible for Wabanaki children and families

TRC voices

  • Once you were children. Then you were victims. Then you were survivors. Now you are warriors."
    Sandy White Hawk, TRC Commissioner, from her poem, "Once You Were Children"
  • To listen to a witness is to become a witness."
    Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  • We can work together to make sure that everyone simply follows laws and policies, or we can go deeper to figure out how to make changes because it is the right thing to do."
    Denise Yarmal Altvater, Passamaquoddy
  • The past has a way of returning to you. It doesn't go and lie down quietly."
    Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Chair, TRC of South Africa
  • Rather than a revolution, we need an evolution – an intention to be family."
    gkisedtanamoogk, TRC Commissioner
  • There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children."
    Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  • Truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is."
    Nadine Gordimer, South African writer, activist and 1991 Nobel Prize laureate in Literature
  • There's so much power, beauty and strength in our stories. That will be the overreaching strength of this."
    Sandy White Hawk, TRC Commissioner
  • I pray that I'll have forgiveness so that this will not have control over me for the rest of my life."
    Anonymous, Basket prayer offered to the TRC