This session is part of the New York State Council for the Social Studies' 78th Annual Convention.
This session uses compelling documentary and related learning resources to explore the historical context of Maine’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which focused on forcible removal of Wabanaki children by the state. The TRC’s final report frames child removal as evidence of ongoing cultural genocide. After screening First Light, we use primary sources to apply the inquiry process as we explore genocide in United States. Participants learn about Listening Circles and interrogate testimony from those featured in the film. Join a community of teachers who are using human rights and genocide education to strengthen the social emotional competencies of their students.
Presenters: Dr. Mishy Lesser and Adam Mazo, Upstander Project