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The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

This news article describes the first experiences that people had in the United States’ first state-sponsored truth and reconciliation commission, which was held earlier this week.  I thought this article was particularly interesting because it showed that truth and reconciliation commissions can be helpful not only in matters of international justice but also civil/ historic justice.  Maine’s TRC is helping to uncover the stories of many Native American children who were removed from their homes and placed in white homes.  I think it’s a good step in accounting for the genocide of the Native American people, which is probably one of the saddest things in American history and simply isn’t talked about enough.

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/01/13/truth-and-reconciliation-commission-tells-story-forgiveness-152997

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One response to “The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

  1. Alana Tiemessen January 20, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    There’s a similar development in Canada with a truth commission for aboriginals who were forced into residential schools – suffering decades of abuse and, what some allege, was a cultural genocide. The truth commission not only hopes to provide aboriginal communities with justice through acknowledgement and reparations, but also to expose the truth to the rest of the Canadian population that knows little of these events.

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