Below is a tentative timeline of events that make up the second cohort of First Light Learning Journey. The key questions and goals of our curriculum are described in this program overview. Our decision to operate virtually in 2020 is articulated here.

Upcoming Sessions

Optional event: March 10th, 2021
Zoom 12-1 pm, will be recorded
Supporting Tribal Sovereignty Policy 101 for the Conservation Community
An introduction to how you and your organization can support the Tribal sovereignty bill (LD2094). Please join us to hear policy leaders in First Light Learning Journey cover the basics of advocacy and lobbying to support Wabanaki sovereignty. 

TENTATIVE: March 24th, 2021, time TBA
Blood Memory and Identity: Understanding the connections between memory, identity and federal recognition. Read a description of this program here.

TENTATIVE: March 25th, 2021, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
One learning team meeting following the morning following the Blood Memory and Identity session.

April 9th, 2021
Two Zoom sessions: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm and 2:00 – 4:00 pm EST.
Beth Rose Middleton will speak on conservation tools to expand Indigenous access to land.

April 13th, 2021
One Zoom session 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Learning Team meeting

May 2021, multiple days TBA. 
Wabanaki/Conservation Field Trip Month. We hope to visit a number of places of importance and interest to our Wabanaki colleagues on conserved land in a series of field trips offered and arranged by our conservation partners. 

June 2nd and 3rd, 2021
Katahdin Gathering: Leadership summit.

June 10th, 2021
Two sessions: Presentation from the Wabanaki Commission in the morning, and a session on how to be leaders within our organizations for Wabanaki prosperity.

July 15th, 2021
What will it take to achieve our vision: Workshop on organizational change.

August 22nd, 2021
Concluding Event: Becoming Medicine for Each Other, with Wabanaki guests. Held on a Sunday on the day of a full moon.

Past Events

September 24th, 2020
Convocation of First Light Learning Journey: Cohort II

September 25th and 26th , 2020

October 2020
Independent learning and reading month.

November 2020
Four Zoom sessions: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on 11/10, 11/12, 11/17, and 11/19.
Decolonizing Conservation Communities workshop, designed and led by Maine-Wabanaki REACH. Only the two named participants from each organization can attend these sessions.

December 10th, 2020
Two Zoom Sessions: 10:00 – 11:30 am and 2:00 – 3:30 pm.
Corey Hinton will lead a two-part seminar on the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act. In the morning from 10:00-11:30 am he will give a presentation to introduce us to the land claims history and from 2-3:30 pm he’ll present on how the Settlement Act has been implemented in Maine and its future directions. Both sessions of Corey’s talk are open to the staff and board of organizations committed to the Learning Journey, but not the general public.

December 11th, 2020
One Zoom session 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Learning Team meeting

January 7th, 2021 (POSTPONED until further notice)
Solastalgia and Blood Memory with Tony Sutton.

January 21st, 2021
One Zoom session 10:30 am -12:30 pm
Mali Obomsawin, citizen of the Odanak Abenaki first nation, will offer us a deeper understanding of what Indigenous Maine means today by sharing the story of the Abenaki people of Kennebec Valley, many of whose descendants are now in Quebec. She will share her historical recovery work on the Wabanaki history of western Maine, and her project to bring Abenaki people back home to Maine.
Mali’s session is open to the staff and board of organizations committed to the Learning Journey, but not the general public.

January 22st, 2020
One Zoom session 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Learning Team meeting

February 2021
Independent learning and reading month

February 19th, 2021
One Zoom session 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Mid Journey Gathering and Evaluation