Interested in learning more about the work of truth, healing and change and other truth commissions? These organizations and resources are a good place to start:
Resources By and About the Wabanaki **NEW**
These resources have been compiled by historian and Maine-Wabanaki REACH Health and Wellness Coordinator Maria Girouard. The list includes Tribal voices and other respected sources, and the historical overviews are quite sweeping and easy to follow. The information is helpful for volunteers, allies and interested parties seeking more information about the Wabanaki.
Active Voice uses film, television and multimedia to spark social change. The film, Greensboro: Closer to the Truth has supported local reconciliation efforts across the United States, including the Maine Wabanaki TRC.
Re-evaluation Counseling is a process that helps people learn how to exchange effective help with each other to free themselves from the effects of past distress experiences. This useful tool has supported communities preparing for the Maine Wabanaki TRC truth-telling.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has a mandate to learn the truth about what happened in the residential schools for aboriginal people and to inform all Canadians about what happened in the schools.
Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission was an independent, democratically selected body seeking truth and healing transformation for Greensboro, N.C., a city left divided and weakened by the events of Nov. 3, 1979.
Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor
The Timor-Leste Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR – the Portuguese acronym) was set up in 2001 and functioned from 2002 until its dissolution in December 2005.
National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)
The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is a national source of information on American Indian child welfare.
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes
The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes engages Tribes to access training and technical assistance and peer-to-peer consultation on child welfare issues.
The Portagers is a group of Maine citizens whose mission is understanding Wabanaki history, culture, and contemporary life, and working with Indigenous peoples to seek just policies.
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
The CWLA is a coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. Its expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs and practices help improve the lives of millions of children in all 50 states, and its impact extends worldwide.
Indigenous Peoples’ Access to Justice, Including Truth and Reconciliation Processes
In this publication from the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University,
ISBN 978-0-615-96767-7, Part III, Truth, Justice and Reconciliation, contains a section entitled, “The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission: Perceptions and Understandings.” Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights hosted an international expert seminar on Indigenous peoples access to justice, including truth and reconciliation processes, during which Maine-Wabanaki REACH’s Esther Attean spoke. Published in association with that event, this work is a companion to the Study of the Expert Mechanism on Access to Justice, a United Nations document. Transitional justice and Indigenous rights researcher Bennett Collins was a key contributor to the TRC section.