Dawnland Film Screening

Dawnland—A Story of Stolen Children and Cultural Survival
Posted on 09/04/2018
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Wednesday, October 17 — 5:30–7:30
Portland High School Auditorium

An interactive panel discussion will follow the screening of the film.


In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, Parent University is screening the feature length documentary film Dawnland. 


As recently as 1977, government agents forced Native American children from their homes and placed them in residential schools, foster care, and white homes. Dawnland follows native and non-native commissioners across Maine as they gather testimony about child removal policies in the United States. 


After the film, we will be joined by Dr. Mishy Lesser, Upstander Project Learning Director, who will lead an interactive panel discussion. 

A light meal and childcare will be provided.

Dawnland: A Documentary About Cultural Survival and Stolen Children is long awaited film documents the work of Maine’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which is the first of its kind in the US. The TRC spent nearly two years uncovering the truth of Maine’s child welfare practices in Indigenous communities. First Light provides a short introduction to the TRC.

Below are links to additional resources about the film, the work of TRC, and the People of the Dawnland.

Upstander Project

Wabanaki REACH

Abbe Museum

Dawnland Voices


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