ELLSWORTH — The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission will host a series of five forums to discuss its recommendations.

As part of “The Mandate and Beyond: Recommendations of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare TRC,” commissioners and staff will make visits across the state to talk about the process, review lessons learned from their research findings and offer their recommendations, according to a news release from the commission.

The group will be joined by members of Maine-Wabanaki REACH, a cross-cultural collaborative that both created the TRC and will ensure that the Commission’s recommendations are considered and implemented. REACH will discuss the findings and identify ways people can get involved in continuing the work of truth, healing and change.

Attendees will be invited to make comments and ask questions during these forums:

• Thursday, April 30, 5:30 p.m., Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business, Husson University, Bangor.

• Wednesday, May 6, 4 p.m., Campus Center, Aroostook and St. John Rooms, University of Maine at Presque Isle.


• Wednesday, May 13, 11:30 a.m., Science Building, Room 102, University of Maine at Machias.

• Wednesday, May 27, 5:30 p.m., Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, Portland.

• Monday, June 1, noon, Cultural Building Atrium, State House Complex, Augusta.

The events lead up to the official release of the TRC’s report during the “Closing Ceremony of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare TRC: Moving Forward with Truth, Healing and Change,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at the Morgan Hill Event Center in Hermon. It marks a return to the site where the work officially began on Feb. 12, 2013, with the Seating of the Commissioners: Matt Dunlap, gkisedtanamoogk, Sandy White Hawk, Carol Wishcamper and Gail Werrbach.

For more information, contact the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare TRC at charlotte@mainewabanakitrc.org or (917) 645-2530 Mobile; or Maine-Wabanaki REACH at eattean@usm.maine.edu or 207-615-3189 Mobile.

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