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TRC Calls for Reflection 2/11 To Precede 2/12 Seating of Commissioners
Written by John Dieffenbacher-Krall
from Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare TRC
TRC Calls for Day of Reflection, Meditation & Prayer 2/11
To Precede Seating of TRC Commissioners 2/12

The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the group tasked by the Wabanaki Tribal Governments and the State of Maine to uncover the truth about what happened to Wabanaki children and families involved with the Maine child welfare system, calls upon all people to help prepare them for their difficult work by participating in a Day of Reflection, Meditation and Prayer on February 11. A focal point of the Day of Reflection, Meditation and Prayer will occur at 11 am when people are asked to pause to consider the importance of the TRC and how everyone can support its three-fold purpose of uncovering the truth, promoting healing, and making recommendations for best child welfare practices.
Following the Day of Reflection, Meditation and Prayer, the five TRC Commissioners, Matthew Dunlap, gkisedtanamoogk, Dr. Gail Werrbach, Sandra White Hawk, and Carol Wishcamper, will be officially sworn in on February 12 at an event to take place at Morgan Hill Event Center, Hermon, beginning at 10 am. The Seating of the TRC Commission will include remarks from the six governmental signatories, lunch, learning sessions, a Commission listening session, and closing Tobacco Ceremony and song. The public is invited to attend the event.
The TRC represents a historic agreement between Wabanaki Tribal Governments and the State of Maine to uncover and acknowledge the truth about what happened to Wabanaki children and families involved with the Maine Child Welfare system, create opportunities to heal and learn from the truth, and collaborate to operate the best child welfare system possible for Wabanaki children. The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission process represents the first truth and reconciliation effort within US territory that has been collaboratively developed between Indian nations and a state government. Last June all five Wabanaki Tribal Government Chiefs and Governor LePage signed a Mandate document specifying how the TRC should be conducted.

People moved to organize an event to acknowledge the Day of Reflection, Meditation and Prayer are kindly requested to provide details about it to TRC Interim Director Carolyn Morrison. She can be reached at carolynnmorrisontrc@gmail.com or (207) 896-3042. People planning to attend the TRC Commissioner seating event should register with Esther Altvater Attean at eattean@usm.maine.edu or call (207) 615-3189.

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