Part 2 of the Center's "Rights in Conflict" luncheon series this fall.
Dr. Mishy Lesser of the Upstander Project will present and have a conversation with attendees on this topic.
A 13-minute documentary, First Light will first be screened about the truth and reconciliation commission in Maine between the Wabanaki people and the state's child welfare agency over the removal and forced assimilation of Wabanaki children. Then Dr. Lesser will then explore two historical documents (Treaty of Hartford of 1638 and Phips Bounty Proclamation of 1755) as to demonstrate the case for cultural genocide, which continues today, as per a 2015 finding of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Dr. Lesser will make connections between the taking of the land that began with the arrival of European colonial settlers in the 1600s and this cultural genocide which persists.