03 Oct

Bangor Premiere! Dawnland: A story of stolen children and cultural survival

Indigenous People’s Day

Monday, October 8, 2018, 7pm

Bangor Opera House/Penobscot Theater

131 Main St, Bangor

Panel discussion to follow the film

FMI:  info@peacectr.org

Dawnland

Dawnland documents the century-long nationwide act of blatant cultural genocide against Native peoples, in which the state of Maine participated in the removal of Native children from their families and placement in white homes.  

 

In 2012, the state of Maine and the five Wabanaki chiefs entered into an historic agreement to establish the Maine-Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to determine what happened to Wabanaki children and families.  The first of its kind, the Commission was initiated and supported by Maine-Wabanaki REACH, a collaboration of Wabanaki and non-Native people. The Commission’s 2015 report states that the state of Maine continued to remove Native children from their families at disproportionate rates; racism is still at work in state institutions; Wabanaki people, despite amazing resilience, suffer from intergenerational trauma as a result of child welfare practices; and ongoing work is necessary to truly uphold the welfare of Native children and families. Maine-Wabanaki REACH continues this ongoing work.

 

Dawnland (http://dawnland.org/) is a feature length documentary film which follows the 2-year TRC process and shares the pain and healing of those removed from their homes and communities. It is a powerful testament to the spirit of the Wabanaki people, and a call to white people to consider how they and their communities perpetuate the racist systems that lead to cultural genocide.

 

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