Maine-Wabanaki REACH's Truth and Reconciliation Commission opened the chance to speak and listen to true stories as a way toward honesty and healing.
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Truth and Reconciliation:
Addressing the Unspeakable 

"As an educator, I have a very strong desire to have people hear the truth. It's important to uncover the history of what's happened to indigenous people because, for me, it's absolutely foundational. It's in the ground we're walking on. It's in the air we breathe." - Arla Patch

This week on Love (and Revolution) Radio, we speak with Arla Patch about the groundbreaking work of the Maine Wabanaki State Truth and Reconciliation Commission that sought to speak truth about the legacy of genocide, trauma, racism, and abuse both historically and in the context of the mistreatment of Wabanaki children in the state of Maine foster care system.

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"Don't be afraid if it hurts. Go into that swamp and walk your way through because you can go out the other side." - Arla Patch

About Our Guest

Arla Patch is an artist and educator who uses art as a tool for healing. She began working as a volunteer for the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission and later became the Community Engagement Coordinator for Wabanaki REACH. She currently lives in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Quaker Society of Friends, serving on the Peace and Social Concerns Committee and also the Native Awareness Committee.

Stay tuned for what's coming next on Love (and Revolution) Radio. Sherri Mitchell and Rivera Sun are headed to northwest Wisconsin for a gathering of women from all walks of life and several countries.  During this retreat, we'll be sharing stories, discussing change, and gathering strength for transforming our world.  While we're up at Echo Valley Farm with Dena Eakles et al, we'll record a special message to the world from some of the women who have gathered. Who's Dena Eakles? Check out our radio interview with this visionary woman.

Yours in love and revolution,
Sherri and Rivera

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Maine-Wabanaki REACH (Reconciliation, Engagement, Advocacy, Change, Healing)

Maine Wabanaki State Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Phips Proclamation

"Please Share The Truth" Video to President Obama

Greensboro, NC Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The R-Word Documentary

Tribe by Sebastian Junger

The Canary Effect Film

Maine-Wabanki REACH's Resource List by and about the Wabanaki

Music by: 
"Love and Revolution" by Diane Patterson and Spirit Radio


About your co-hosts:

Sherri Mitchell (Penobscot) is an Indigenous rights attorney, writer and activist who melds traditional life-way teachings into spirit-based movements. Looking for essays, writings, tweets and posts from Sherri Mitchell? Follow her at Sherri Mitchell – Wena’gamu’gwasit or via the social media links below.

Rivera Sun is a novelist, and nonviolent mischief-maker. She is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection, Billionaire Buddha and Steam Drills, Treadmills, and Shooting Stars. She is also the social media coordinator and nonviolence trainer for Campaign Nonviolence and Pace e Bene. Her essays on social justice movements are syndicated on by PeaceVoice, and appear in Truthout and Popular Resistance.

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