First Light Learning Journey

The purpose of First Light Learning Journey is to foster awareness and points of relationship between Native and non-Native conservationists that will lead directly to expanded access to land and water for Wabanaki people. Our reciprocal goals are to expand Wabanaki access to land and water and to strengthen the conservation movement in Maine by including indigenous expertise and perspective.

This work arises from dialogue with Wabanaki people, and from within a conservation movement who seek to learn,  to grow and to explore ways of collaborating and sharing knowledge and land.  We hope our shared narrative about place can grow over time and at the speed of trust to include commitment to social justice, food security and cultural prosperity.

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Why

WE CARE DEEPLY ABOUT LAND AND PLACE:

The primary reason we initiated this learning journey is that Maine’s Native people, and people involved in land conservation in Maine, care deeply for and about land and place.  This shared care for nature creates opportunities.
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What

WHAT IS THE JOURNEY:

We seek authentic engagement among 25 non-Native conservationists and representatives of the four tribes on seven occasions over 18 months.  First Light Learning Journey will help the conservationists to learn about Native land loss and to develop a personal analysis of power and privilege.
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Who

TAKE PART IN THE JOURNEY:

List of Learning Journey Participants

MAINE'S LAND TRUSTS

As owners or holders of rights of over 2 million acres of land around the state, land trusts may have places that offer opportunities for Wabanaki uses, storytelling and presence.
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Hopes & Goals

What we journey toward: