Wabanaki-State TRC to name commissioners Tuesday

The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation (TRC) Selection Panel will announce its commissioners at a news conference scheduled for Tue., Dec. 18, at 1:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Nick Sapiel Building, large conference room, 27 Wabanaki Way, Indian Island, Maine.

The TRC Selection Panel has been tasked by the Wabanaki Tribal Governments and the State of Maine to select five commissioners to serve on the TRC. Tuesday’s announcement completes the TRC Selection Panel’s work. Many selection panel members and TRC commissioners will be on-hand.

The TRC represents a historic agreement between Wabanaki Tribal Governments and the State of Maine to:

  • Uncover and acknowledge the truth about what happened to Wabanaki children and families involved with the Maine Child Welfare system;
  • Create opportunities to heal and learn from the truth;
  • Collaborate to operate the best child welfare system possible for Wabanaki children, a goal shared by all the signatories to the TRC Mandate.

The TRC process represents the first truth and reconciliation effort within U.S. territory that has been collaboratively developed between Indian nations and a state government.  The work to organize a tribal-state TRC has been carried out by the Truth and Reconciliation Convening Group; individuals representing Maine Tribal Child Welfare; Maine State DHHS Office of Child and Family Services; and staff from the Muskie School of Public Service; American Friends Service Committee; and Wabanaki Health and Wellness.

In June, all five Wabanaki Tribal Government Chiefs and Governor Paul LePage signed the Mandate document, along with the accompanying Selection Panel description, describing how the TRC Commissioners would be selected.

Source: Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission
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