Truth and Reconciliation: Can teachers change the narrative around Native Americans in New England?
This session uses original documentary film and curriculum to explore the historical context of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which recently concluded two years of research documenting the forced removal of Wabanaki children from their families and tribes. The TRC’s final report declares this practice of forced assimilation to be cultural genocide. We will screen our new short documentary, First Light, and use the inquiry process to develop compelling questions about genocide in New England’s history and consider ways of taking informed action in contemporary reality. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to Question Formulation Technique and Listening Circles, as well as related online learning materials. The session is a preview of the Upstander Academy Summer Institute for Teachers, to be held at UConn’s Dodd Center in July 2016.