The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Director of Development and Membership, Meghan Metzger, has worked collaboratively to change the organization’s policy for receiving gifts of land to enable transfer of these land gifts to tribes and/or indigenous entities.
Nearly 100 non native people in the conservation sector and beyond gathered on June 2, 2023 at Camp Wavus to share learning and build relationships to support the collective work of Wabanaki land return.
The Summit has wrapped! We’d like to share our warmest thanks to the First Light community on a energizing, galvanizing day together. In particular, thank you to…. Speakers: Chief Clarissa Sabattis Marcus Briggs Cloud John Banks Lisa Sockabasin Darren Ranco
A Wabanaki woman fulfills a vision to connect with her ancestors on a Maine island and, when finally there, encounters a sign– and that’s where it all begins.
We are excited to announce the first-ever First Light Summit, happening this October at the Penobscot Theater in Bangor. The Summit is an opportunity to gather together as a community and continue the work of relearning history, recentering Indigenous voices,
One year ago, the island Kuwesuwi Monihq was returned to the Passamaquoddy people. This summer solstice, people gathered at Peter Dana Point, and on Kuwesuwi Monihq, for drumming and a pipe ceremony to celebrate the return of this place. First
Peter Forbes, First Light catalyst, provided testimony to the House Natural Resources Committee for their hearing on “Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Environmental Policy Making” on Tuesday, February 8 2022. You can read his remarks here: Peter Forbes Testimony.
On the Fall Equinox, September 22nd, 2021, Kyle Lolar (Penobscot) and Peter Forbes (non-native) facilitated a conversation amongst 18 Native and non-native healers, elders, and young people about how we can become medicine for each other in a world of
In June, members of the Wabanaki Commission on Land and Stewardship requested that First Light organize a conversation for Commission members and others to learn more about land trusts, what they are and how they work, and more about the
In an effort to show solidarity for emerging Indigenous-led land return efforts in the Northeast, First Light leveraged its network to raise money to directly support 4 organizations: Bomazeen Land Trust, Native Land Conservancy, Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust,