REACH (Restoration-Engagement-Advocacy-Change-Healing) began as a collaboration of state and tribal child welfare workers who knew from their work together that children, families, and communities need truth, healing and change. REACH is one of the most effective ways to educate yourself and engage directly with being an ally to the Wabanaki community.
This is the effort to connect Maine’s land trust community with the indigenous communities. This page has a vast wealth of resources including history, contemporary issues, and tools for increasing indigenous land access. You can also learn more about steps forward in land trusts and the tribes working together, and the important new initiative establishing the Wabanaki Commission on Land and Stewardship Nil yut ktahkomiq nik (the whole earth is our home).
MIAG is a group of Midcoast Maine residents working to raise awareness in ourselves and others about local & regional Indigenous cultures, histories, and current challenges through education and programming. They have a regular book group, and the next book is the one suggested by our presenters last night: Lisa Brooks, Our Beloved Kin
If you would like to watch the full recording of the meeting, you can find it here:
Joseph Hall’s slideshow can be accessed by clicking the image below.
Hall’s research focuses on Native American interactions with Europeans during the colonial period, and how Wabanakis cultivated their ties to their homelands even as European-American colonists dispossessed them of most of that territory. His work is inspired by a longstanding curiosity about the contemporary role of our colonial past, and a growing desire to collaborate with Wabanaki historians on questions of common interest.
Kerry Hardy’s slides can be accessed by clicking the image below.
Kerry Hardy grew up in Lincolnville, Maine, exploring the outdoors. He is currently serving as a researcher and mapper for the New York-Newark Public History Project, and also serves as the stewardship coordinator for the Vinalhaven Land Trust. Hardy brings together his expertise in forestry, horticulture, and environmental science to interpret the landscape and its history.
A short film summarizing our work in 2020 can be viewed by clicking the image below.
A huge thank you to Robert White for creating this film!