Documentary Screening: Dawnland, by Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip

Film - Documentary | January 28 | 6:30-9 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Social Welfare, School of, American Indian Graduate Student Association (AIGSA), American Indian Graduate Program (AIGP), Native American Student Development office (NASD), Media Resources Center

For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native children from their homes and placed them with white families. Many children suffered devastating emotional harm by adults who shamed and demeaned them, and tried to erase their culture. The fallout was unbearable.

Dawnland tells the story of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first in the U.S. to address Native issues. For over two years, Native and non-Native commissioners traveled across Maine to hear testimony and bear witness to the dramatic impact of the state’s child welfare practices on Wabanaki families. Dawnland takes viewers to Wabanaki communities and inside the truth commission as it grapples with the meaning of truth, reconciliation, racial healing, tribal autonomy, and child welfare system reform.

Following the film, members of the American Indian Graduate Student Association (AIGSA), the American Indian Graduate Program (AIGP), and the Native American Student Development office (NASD), together with Indigenous Social Welfare students, will engage and facilitate a discussion about the film.

Co-sponsored by: the American Indian Graduate Student Association (AIGSA), the American Indian Graduate Program (AIGP), the Native American Student Development office (NASD), the Child Welfare Scholars (Title IV-E Program) in the School of Social Welfare, and the Media Resources Center

 cfeliciana@berkeley.edu, 510-642-2424