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Environmental Studies

Past Present and Building Dialogue

Story posted April 01, 2015

Event date(s): December 01, 2010 — December 01, 2010

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 7:30 PM
Torrey Barn, Cram Alumni House

The Passamaquoddy Tribe has engaged in two initiatives to strengthen their community and restore the ecosystem on which their culture was founded. The first is the Maine-Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the goal of which is to begin to heal from the pain inflicted on members of the Tribe who as children were forcibly removed from their homes and, in many cases, subsequently abused. The second is an effort to rebuild the natural resource base on which the Tribe depended for thousands of years. The Passamaquoddy Tribal Council has recently set a goal of achieving fifty percent food sovereignty by 2018.

Vera Francis the Vice Chief, and Newell Lewey a Tribal Councilor are members of the Passamaquoddy Tribal at Pleasant Point near Perry, ME. They will provide the Bowdoin and Brunswick communities an opportunity to gain understanding of the tribes struggle to move forward from hundreds of years of discrimination, disenfranchisement and loss of self-determination.

Co-sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and the Environmental Studies Program with funding support from the Concerts and Lectures Committee.