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Dawnland
Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 12:30 PM
Presented as part of the Indie Lens Pop-Up Series. Admission is free, tickets available at the box office only.

Featuring an intimate Q+A with Becky Larsen, Swinomish Tribe member with personal experience with forced adoption, learn more about Becky's story here.

Witness the first state-sanctioned Truth and Reconciliation Commission try to help Native Americans in Maine whose children were forcibly removed from their homes and placed with white families. What begins as a mission of healing becomes one of action to preserve the inalienable rights of Indigenous families.
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In Maine, a historic investigation—the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States—begins a bold journey. For over two years, Native and non-Native commissioners travel across Maine. They gather testimony and bear witness to the devastating impact of the state’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal communities. Collectively, these tribes make up the Wabanaki people.

The TRC discovers that state power continues to be used to break up Wabanaki families, threatening the very existence of the Wabanaki people. Can they right this wrong and turn around a broken child welfare system? DAWNLAND foregrounds the immense challenges that this commission faces as they work toward truth, reconciliation, and the survival of all Indigenous peoples.