Upstander Project’s documentary film Dawnland tells the story of the removal of Native American children from their homes in Maine, and the trailblazing Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission that was formed to begin the process of healing, cooperation, and justice. The people of the four tribes of Maine, collectively known as the Wabanaki, were subjected to the forced removal of their children for placement in white homes and boarding schools even as recently as the 1970s. Maine is the first state in the country to initiate a Native American truth and reconciliation effort. Dawnland aired on Independent Lens in November 2018 and was awarded an Emmy® for outstanding research in 2019.
After the film, educator and scholar Julie Geredien will facilitate a discussion based on her study of Truth and Reconciliation work both globally and in the U.S. Her published work includes a book chapter on “The Great Law of Peace and the Influence of Iroquois Women and Policies on Early US Women Suffragists.” Geredien is dedicated to sharing deepened understandings about law, mental health and peace that promote individual and social healing transformation.
The January Reel and Meal program is sponsored by the Baha’i Community of Greenbelt as part of its continuing efforts to stimulate community discourse about topics related to peace, human rights, and the oneness of humanity, which are core principles of The Bahá’í Faith.