Nominations sought for Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation panel

Posted Sept. 06, 2012, at 11:23 a.m.

A group charged with investigating more than a century of child welfare and assimilation policies that removed Native American children from their families and tribes is seeking nominations for panel members.

The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Selection Panel is inviting the public to nominate people to be considered for membership on the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The selection panel seeks individuals of recognized integrity, empathy, stature and respect with a demonstrated commitment to the values of truth, reconciliation, equity, and justice. Nominations must be received by Oct. 1.

The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation process is a first-in-the-world effort of Indigenous Peoples and a political subdivision of a state to examine an issue — in this instance, what happened to Wabanaki people in Maine’s child welfare system — to develop a common understanding of what happened, to support healing of everyone affected by the system, and to identify system reforms to create the best child welfare system possible, according to a press statement.

To nominate an individual, visit the Truth and Reconciliation Commission website, mainetribaltrc.org, and download the nomination form.

Contact Carolyn Morrison with questions at (207) 896-3042 or carolyn.morrisontrc@gmail.com.

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