"Forced Removal of Native American Children From Parents Exposed in 13 Minutes"

Take a look at media coverage of our new film, First Light, released yesterday on our site.

"New Film Documents Maine’s Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission" -Indian Country Today Media Network

"Forced Removal of Native American Children From Parents Exposed in 13 Minutes" -WGBH (NPR Boston) 

"This video shares a truth we all need to hear on Columbus Day" - Bangor Daily News (Maine)

New Film "First Light" Released Today

FIRST LIGHT FREE TO STREAM ON UPSTANDER PROJECT WEBSITE

Today the Upstander Project is pleased to announce the premiere of its new short documentary film, First Light. This 13-minute film is part of a series anchored by our upcoming feature film Dawnland, slated for released in 2017. 

We are releasing First Light today in recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day, also known as Columbus Day. We chose today because we support efforts to transform the holiday into a celebrating of Indigenous Peoples, instead of one that celebrates a person known for bringing violence and slavery to the land we now call North America.

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First Light Preview

Today the Upstander Project is releasing the preview of First Light, the debut film in the Dawnland series, which is anchored by the feature film Dawnland slated for release in early 2017.

First Light independently documents the work of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first such task force in US history to investigate issues important to Native Americans. The commission was dedicated to uncovering and acknowledging the truth about what happened to Wabanaki children and families involved with the child welfare system.

We welcome your comments, reflections, and questions.

Sneak preview of new film: First Light

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Thursday, September 10, 12:00 pm at the Maine Historical Society in Portland, Maine

First Light: Short Film Screening & Talk

Speakers: Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip Join us for a screening of the short film, First Light, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip. Children of the Dawn documents the work of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the nation’s first task force dedicated to uncovering and acknowledging the truth about what happened to Wabanaki children and families involved with the Maine child welfare system. Free for MHS members, $5 general admission. Pay at the door.

Venue Information:
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
Portland Maine 04101
(207) 774-1822

info@mainehistory.org