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.

September 24th, 2020
Convocation of First Light Learning Journey: Cohort II
Three Zoom sessions: 9:00 – 10:30 am, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, and 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Brief conclusions from 5:00 – 5:30 pm.
This day will introduce our conservation participants to this journey and to each other. It will ground the journey in lessons learned from Cohort I of First Light Learning Journey. This session is open just to the 2 official participants from each organization.

September 25th and 26th , 2020
Hands Working Together: Leave no Trace or Leave a Beautiful Trace, a new shared vision for land Stewardship in Maine
A series of hour long sessions over Zoom on September 25th and 26th, beginning at 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm each day. Here you can read what each speaker will talk about.
Would a land trust manage their forestland to produce an old growth birch to be harvested by a future Wabanaki craftsperson in 2090? How do western conservation values of “leave no trace” conflict with Native values around living on the land and leaving a beautiful trace? Are we able to move beyond old concepts of “stewardship” to a new relationship between people and the land and between people themselves? These provocative questions will all be engaged in Hands Working Together: Leave no Trace or Leave a Beautiful Trace, a virtual First Light gathering to discuss a shared vision for living with the land. By exploring these issues, and understanding the long history of Native land dispossession, we build cultural competency among the land trusts while also exploring other ways that they might steward their conserved lands that open possibilities for Wabanaki access and use.

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
Designed and led by Maine-Wabanaki REACH

December 10th, 2020
Two Zoom Sessions: 10:00 – 11:30 am and 2:00 – 3:30 pm.
Corey Hinton leads a two-part seminar on the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act. He will discuss why there is a settlement act and what the tribes experience with it has been, and efforts to change it.

January 7th, 2021
Solastalgia and Blood Memory with Natalie Lolar and Tony Sutton

January 2021
Independent learning and reading month

February 11th, 2021
Second Cohort of the Learning Journey core reading debrief

March 2021, one day TBA
New Directions in Tribal Conservation with Beth Rose Middleton.

May 6th, 2021
Warrior for Change: how to be leaders within our organizations for Wabanaki prosperity.

June 2, 3, 2021
Katahdin Gathering: Leadership summit.

July 15th, 2021
What will it take to achieve our vision: focus on organizational change with Peter Forbes. August 19th, 2021
Concluding Event: Becoming Medicine for Each Other, with Wabanaki guests.