Geshikganaquay (Cheryl, Ojibway) and Arla (Euro-American) co-presenting at the Western Maine United Church of Christ Clergy Gathering, Fryburg, Maine

Geshikganaquay (Cheryl, Ojibway) and Arla (Euro-American) co-presenting at the Western Maine United Church of Christ Clergy Gathering, Fryburg, Maine

MAINE WABANAKI-STATE CHILD WELFARE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION

For three and a half years Arla worked for the first truth commission in the US, established to investigate what happened to Native children in the child welfare system in Maine. After a year and a half as a volunteer for the Communications Committee, she became the Community Engagement Coordinator for Maine-Wabanaki REACH (Reconciliation, Engagement, Advocacy, Change and Healing.) 

MAINE-WABANAKI REACH

Is a coalition of Native and Non-Native people who developed and seated the Maine Wabanaki-State TRC, readied the communities for the work of the Commission and are continuing to implement the recommendations of the Maine Wabanaki-State TRC today. As the Community Engagement coordinator Arla helped develop presentations to educate the Non-Native communities about the TRC and create trainings for Maine citizens to become allies.

My wonderful former colleagues of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Maine Wabanaki REACH (reconciliation, engagement, advocacy,change and healing).

My wonderful former colleagues of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Maine Wabanaki REACH (reconciliation, engagement, advocacy,change and healing).

When I worked for Maine-Wabanaki REACH I designed the logo with the dragon fly. Each of the four wings contain one of the four symbols of the tribes of the Wabanaki Confederacy: Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot. The blueberry body represents the entire state of Maine.

When I worked for Maine-Wabanaki REACH I designed the logo with the dragon fly. Each of the four wings contain one of the four symbols of the tribes of the Wabanaki Confederacy: Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot. The blueberry body represents the entire state of Maine.

TODAY

Here in Pennsylvania, I continue to work toward truth, healing and change in regard to our shared history with Indigenous Peoples.  I'm a member of the Native Awareness Committee of The Peace Center in Langhorne, PA where we have offered educational presentations. As a member of the Peace and Social Justice Committee of Doylestown Friends Meeting, I have made a presentation to the Bucks Quarterly Meeting and the Abington Presbyterian Church. On Nov 2nd I will be making a presentation to the United Friends School in Quakertown, PA.