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Educational Programs

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We have adapted our regular programming to an online format and have created exciting, new, innovative programs that are just as engaging and impactful - the next best thing to being in-person.   

Contact Maine Community Organizer Heather Augustine for help in choosing the program that is right for your organization, agency, place of worship, community, or school.

 

Wabanaki REACH Online Program Menu

Today we are creating a community together. We are not experts, you are not experts. We will learn from the materials we experience together and from what we share with each other about our own experiences and thoughts.”

 

Interacting with Wabanaki-Maine History

This program is an interactive experience in which we engage in a story of particular events in the history of 400 years of colonization of Wabanaki people by Europeans in this territory now called the state of Maine. This highly engaging experience requires our full participation in order to genuinely increase our understanding of colonization and what it means for current descendants and future generations; to reflect on what story we are writing for our grandchildren.

 

Healing Begins with Truth: Understanding Colonization 

In this two-hour educational experience, participants explore the differences between the worldview and culture of Indigenous peoples and settlers (and their descendants). Using historical and present day examples, participants will examine the deliberate strategies of colonization and resulting impacts on Indigenous people, land, and culture, including the domination culture that maintains systemic racism and oppression.  This program is intended to serve as a safe space for participants to join with peers and identify strategies to support healing in relation to each other and to the land. 

 

Decolonizing Non-Native Communities 

This 6-hour program is presented in segments and provides participants with an introduction to Wabanaki/Maine history and relations including awareness of privilege, micro aggressions, and examination of decolonization. We share tools and opportunities for continued education and strategies to foster a deeper understanding of how our actions impact others. 

 

Decolonizing Conservation Communities

This highly interactive, 12-hour program is presented in segments and provides participants with the unique opportunity to:

  • Learn about elements of the harmful history of how the lands and waters of Maine have been stolen from the Wabanaki people
  • Understand the concepts and impact of continuing colonization and decolonization 
  • Grapple with the role of conservation communities in continuing colonization and the urgent need to decolonize Wabanaki territory
  • Identify strategies for repair, healing, and working through the challenges of shifting to a culture of decolonization.

 

Decolonization and the Role of Faith Communities

During this program, presented in three 90-minute segments, people of faith explore the role of churches in the colonization of this country, learn about the harmful impacts of colonization on Wabanaki people, and identify strategies for repair, justice, and healing. Prior participation in Interacting with Wabanaki-Maine History is required for this program. 

 

Dawnland Film and Discussion 

Dawnland is a documentary about the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Film makers Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip follow the TRC to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. Both the 86-minute feature film and the 54-minute broadcast film are available for programming, followed by a panel discussion with members of Wabanaki REACH. 

 

Five Years Later: The Historic Truth Commission in Maine 

What has happened since the historic truth commission? In this 90-minute program, participants view videos of Commissioners and REACH Founders reflecting on the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission process. Listen to the creators of this process share stories and provide updates on the continued work to implement the Commission’s recommendations.  There will be an opportunity for participants to share insights with a Wabanaki REACH Facilitator.  

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