ELLSWORTH and OLD TOWN, Maine, July 18, 2014 – Days of Reflection, Prayer and Meditation continue, July 21-22, as Statement Gathering returns to the Passamaquoddy communities of Motahkomikuk and Sipayik.
During this time, the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will be gathering statements about State child welfare experiences with Passamaquoddy community members, supported by Maine-Wabanaki REACH. This Statement Gathering is private and not open to the public.
In honor and solidarity with this historic process, the TRC and REACH are asking individuals across Wabanaki and Maine communities to take a moment to pause during this time. Individuals are also asked to share thoughts, comments and wishes for participants on the TRC and REACH Facebook and Twitter pages.
The next planned observance of Days of Reflection, Prayer and Meditation is Wed., Aug. 6, to coincide with Statement Gathering with the Aroostook Band of Micmacs.
The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) addresses truths of Wabanaki experiences with child welfare to promote healing and change. It’s the nation’s first TRC to address child welfare and Native people.
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.