Perry, ME

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The Wabanaki Program

TRC signing

TRC signing

Wabanaki Chiefs, Maine Gov. Paul LePage and AFSC's Wabanaki Program Director Denise Altvater signed a declaration of intent on Indian Island to start a truth and reconciliation process between the tribes and the state child welfare system. Among signatories were from left: Denise Altvater and Governor Joseph Socobasin.

Photo Credit: 
Wendy Newell Dyer

AFSC's Wabanaki Program draws tribes, state workers, and communities together to confront injustices and promote healing among Maine's four Wabanaki tribes, the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot. The work is based in Tribal communities in Houlton, Presque Isle, Pleasant Point, Indian Island and Indian Township. In an area where negative stereotypes are all too common, AFSC also brings together Native youth and youth from neighboring communities for activities that break down barriers and encourage friendships. 

Resources for download

  • Tribal State Declaration
  • Denise Altvater's Comments, Truth and Reconciliation Signing Ceremony
  • Conversation with Denise Altvater on Truth and Reconciliation in Maine

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