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Workshop to explore allies’ role in promoting social change

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A presentation to deepen non-Native Mainers’ understanding of shared history with Wabanaki people will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, on the fourth floor of Colvin Hall at the University of Maine.

The free Maine Wabanaki-REACH Ally Workshop, which will be presented by non-Natives, will include discussion of awareness of white privilege and information about the role of an ally in promoting social change.

In addition to broadening understanding of Wabanaki people’s shared history with non-Native Mainers, goals include comprehending Wabanaki trauma and resilience associated with the history and strategies for healing, justice and compassion, including at the University of Maine.

Penthea Burns and Barbara Kates are facilitators. Burns is a senior associate at the Muskie School of Public Service and was involved in the development of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Burns co-directs Maine-Wabanaki REACH. Kates is a Maine community organizer for Maine-Wabanaki REACH. She has more than 25 years of experience providing professional and community education, directing family service programs and facilitating community meetings.

Space is limited and registration is required. For more information and to register, email barbara@mainewabanakireach.org or call 951.4874. Lunch will be provided.

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