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First Light at New England Law

  • New England School of Law 154 Stuart Street Boston, MA, 02116 United States (map)

The Center for International Law and Policy (CILP) at New England Law│Boston Film Series Presents

Historical Justice and Indigenous Peoples’ Justice Claims in the US

The Experience of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

Join us for a special screening of the new independent short documentary film: First Light.

First Light provides an overview of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the first such body for Native Americans. This TRC, which completed its work in June 2015, was dedicated to uncovering and acknowledging the truth about what happened to Wabanaki children and families involved with the Maine child welfare system. The film offers the first look behind closed doors as this commission embarks on its historic mandate. 

Although countries around the globe have resorted to truth commissions to deal with various human rights claims of their past, the Maine TRC is one of the few such models in the United States

The film screening will be followed by a conversation with: 

  • Esther Attean, Co-Chair of Maine-Wabanaki REACH (who appears in the film)
  • Adam Mazo, First Light Director, Upstander Project
  • Mishy Lesser, Learning Director, Upstander Project 

Thursday, October 22, 2015
5:00-7:00 p.m. – Cherry Room