Truth and Reconciliation

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Maine and Burundi communities begin to heal through storytelling

Denise Altvater

Denise Altvater

Denise Altvater

Telling stories of violence and trauma can lay the foundation for healing and for reconciliation.

Facing the past, changing the future in Maine

Maine TRC

(From left) Martha Proulx from Maine DHHS, Denise Altvater, Director of the Wabanaki Program, Jennifer Rooks, Maine Watch, Esther Attean, Maine TRC and Muskie School of Public Service, and Amy Greulich, Intern with Maine TRC pose after filming of the Maine Watch Program about the Maine TRC.

A Truth and Reconciliation Commission begins to address the trauma and devastation caused by forced removal of Wabanaki children from their homes.

Report on Lessons of Truth and Reconcilation Commissions

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (July 10, 2012) - A report on an international conference on the theme: "Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Lessons learned from Truth and Reconciliation Commissions," will be released on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 9:00am at Royal Palace Hotel in Bujumbura, Burundi.

Mécanismes de Justice Transitionnelle Rapport

Télécharger la version française La justice transitionnelle: les leçons tirées des commissions de la Vérité et la Réconciliation. Ce rapport de 33 pages traite de l'impact et de la Commision de la Vérité et

Transitional Justice Mechanisms Report

Download the English version of Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Lessons Learned from Truth and Reconciliation Commissions.  This 29 page report covers the impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Commision in Burundi.

Transitional justice mechanism: Lessons learned from Truth and Reconciliation Commissions

This report gathers observations and recommendations from the 60 participants of the international conference, Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Lessons Learned from Truth and Reconciliation Commissions.

Preparing the way for truth and reconciliation in Maine

Denise Altvater and siblings

Denise Altvater and siblings

Denise Altvater (far right)and siblings weeks before they were taken from the reservation and placed in a non-native foster home by the state of Maine.

For decades, children across the country were routinely wrenched from their families and stripped of their identities in state-sanctioned efforts to assimilate Native children by placing them in foster care. Now, Denise has helped open the way for a truth and reconciliation process in Maine.

Conversation with Denise Altvater on Truth and Reconciliation in Maine

The following are excerpts from a recent conversation with Denise Altvater, AFSC’s Wabanaki Program Coordinator in Maine.  Keith Harvey, AFSC’s regional director in New England, hosted the telephone conversation, and several friends and supporters joined the call.

 Keith: Denise, would you introduce yourself and your work?

The Haves, The Have-Nots, And The Beloved Community: Conversation Series Part 3

Denise Altvater discusses her experience of growing up as a Wabanaki tribe member and how it affects the work she does currently.


The Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Beloved Community

Keith Harvey, AFSC Regional Director in New England, is hosting a series of community phone conversations on the theme The Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Beloved Community

We'll be talking about economic justice,the peace we work for in the world, and the peace we work for within.   Please join us!

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