Dawnland Signals is a live monthly talk show holding space for critical conversations of Truth, Healing, and Change in the Dawnland. Highlighting Indigenous topics not immediately represented in mainstream media, the show features guests involved in various aspects of truth, healing, and change work in an effort to share, inspire, and inform.
The show airs on the third Thursday of each month from 4:00 - 5:00 PM and is hosted by Executive Director Maria Girouard and volunteer Esther Anne.
Due to the pandemic, all shows have been prerecorded. Shows will be live and invite listener participation when it is safe to return to the radio station.
Shows are archived on the WERU website.
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Genocide and ME: Shining the Light of Truth
On November 20, 2014, Wabanaki REACH, the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, United to End Genocide, and the Immigration Legal Advocacy Project combined efforts to offer a powerful opportunity for the people of Maine to learn, feel, think about and take action around issues of genocide: as it occurs abroad, as it has affected recent refugees, and as it has been waged against the first people of the State, the Wabanaki.
View the videos from the event on our YouTube channel, including moving testimony from Executive Director Maria Girouard about Wabanaki experiences and the eighth fire prophecies and a poem The Land I Think I Own by Board Co-Chair Penthea Burns.
Featured Dawnland Signals Episodes:
A look back at the TRC process five years after the report:
- Most memorable moments of the truth commission process
- The impact of the TRC report and the truth-telling process on Wabanaki and Maine communities
- What lessons from the TRC process might be helpful in addressing current issues
Guests: Carol Wishcamper, Sandy White Hawk (Lakota) and Gail Werrbach, former Commissioners
TRC recommendation number one is to respect tribal sovereignty:
- What is tribal sovereignty?
- What does it look like for tribes to practice sovereignty?
- What can Mainers do to respect tribal sovereignty?
Guests: Mark Chavaree, Penobscot Nation; Michael Corey Hinton, Passamaquoddy Tribe; Penthea Burns, REACH Board Co-chair
- The origin of the new found interest in land acknowledgements
- Different types of land acknowledgments
- Appropriate ways to do a land acknowledgement
Guests: Dr. Darren Ranco, Penobscot, Chair Native American Programs, UMaine; Diane Oltrazewski, Belfast resident, REACH Board.