ELLSWORTH and OLD TOWN, Maine, May 16, 2014 – Coinciding with Maliseet and Micmac community visits, the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Maine-Wabanaki REACH invite the observance of Days of Reflection, Prayer and Meditation, May 21-23.
The TRC, supported by REACH, will be gathering statements from the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians on Wed., May 21, and the Aroostook Band of Micmacs on Thu., May 22, and Fri., May 23. During this time, community members have the opportunity to speak about their experiences with State child welfare. This TRC statement gathering is private and not open to the public.
During May 21-23, the TRC and REACH are asking individuals across Wabanaki and Maine communities to take a moment to pause in honor and solidarity with this historic process.
Individuals are also encouraged to share their thoughts, comments and wishes for those participating in statement gathering by posting messages on the TRC and REACH Facebook and Twitter pages.
The next planned observance of Days of Reflection, Prayer and Meditation is July 21-22, when the TRC is scheduled to return to the Passamaquoddy communities of Motahkomikuk and Sipayik.
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.