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

May 2021, multiple days TBA
Field Trip Month. We will visit one or more land trust properties with our Wabanaki colleagues on conserved land in a series of field trips offered and arranged by our conservation partners.  Due to the pandemic we have to keep group size for these gatherings small, so these events are by invitation only.

May 28th, 2021
One Zoom Session 9:00-10:00 am
Learning team meeting.

June 2nd and 3rd, 2021
Katahdin Gathering: Leadership summit between the Wabanaki Commission and Conservation Community Delegation. (Not for Learning Journey participants).

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.

June 11th, 2021
One Zoom Session 9:00-10:00 am
Learning team meeting.

July 8th, 2021
What will it take to achieve our vision: Workshop on organizational change.

July 9th, 2021
One Zoom Session 9:00-10:00 am
Learning team meeting.

August 8th, 2021
Concluding Event: Becoming Medicine for Each Other, with Wabanaki guests. Held on a Sunday on the day of a full moon.

August 13th, 2021
One Zoom Session 9:00-10:00 am
Final learning team meeting.


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

March 25th, 2021
One Zoom session 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Colonization, recognition, and identity. A  dialogue and discovery between Kyle Lolar and Peter Forbes. Read the event description here.

March 26th, 2021
One Zoom session 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Learning team meeting.

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. This session is open to additional staff and board members of your organization.
From Beth Rose Middleton: “Until recently, the development of conservation tools and processes did not foreground Indigenous rights, responsibilities, histories, or a broader concept of justice. With reference to the important influence of international Indigenous movements (leading, for example, to the UN-Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples), domestic advocacy (i.e., civil rights and American Indian movements), and tribal jurisdictional innovations, I will discuss a shift in the development and application of conservation tools (such as easements, land trust structures, and formal agreements) and processes (including state and federal environmental and historic protection procedures) to achieve justice. We will examine both the history of conservation laws and processes, contemplate the ways in which they contributed to injustice, and move to an examination of liberatory, Indigenous-led applications of conservation tools, processes, practices, and partnerships to achieve greater justice.”

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

April 28th, 2021
One Zoom Session 4:00 – 6:00 pm
First Light will host a screening of Voices from the Barrens and panel with Wabanaki blueberry rakers. We are showing “Voices of the Barrens” to the Learning Journey because it gives a vision of what’s possible when Wabanaki relationships to the land were restored through the Settlement Act at one Passamaquoddy blueberry barren. It tells a story of Wabanaki peoples’ connection to place, the traditions they practice on the land, and community that this allows for. We will also have the opportunity to hear directly from Wabanaki blueberry rakers about their relationship to the barrens and the experience of gathering each summer for harvest.