Welcome to our resource page, a compilation of hundreds of books, essays and media to help us achieve our goals of sharing land and resources. 

In the historical resources section, we have collected Wabanaki histories specific to each tribe, broader Wabanaki history and treaties, and continental/global Indigenous histories.  

Because much of colonization and indigenous self determination is linked to land we have included a section that is specific to histories of Indigenous land loss. We also have a section about contemporary Indigenous issues that must inform the collaborations and conversations we are building. 

Next, we have collected a set of model tools that tribes and conservation organizations across the country have successfully used to expand indigenous land access, such as cultural land use agreements, cultural easements, co-management, and land reparations. We hope to learn from these examples as we rethink land access and ownership for Wabanaki people and land trusts in the Northeast. 

Lastly, we have put together a section of resources that support and encourage conservation that confronts injustice and power dynamics. We hope that this set of readings and videos will help strengthen conservation by recentering it on indigenous knowledge and cultural prosperity. 

This collection of resources is not a comprehensive list, but a starting point. We encourage you to reach out to us at e.mcd224@gmail.com if you know of media that is relevant to our learning journey and larger goals so we can share it with our community. 

A note on our use of the word decolonization:

The term decolonization has recently become a buzzword in nonprofit and social justice communities. Many activists and scholars have critiqued the loose use of the term “decolonization,” and point out that it is often used superficially. For example, some projects adopt this language although they are not necessarily transferring land or power from colonizer to colonized–as true decolonization calls for. We want to avoid watering down the gravity and commitment required by decolonization, so we do not claim that our work is decolonial. We admit that our participants are on a learning journey and that the steps they take may not always be towards decolonization. At the same time, our collaboration aspires to decolonize by facilitating the expansion of Wabanaki land stewardship. 

For readers who would like to learn more about decolonizing practices, you can check out the resources we have collected in decolonizing conservation, decolonization methods, and decolonizing Wabanahkik (Dawnland).

 

In this time

In this time of posted land. 
Where do we go…
How do we live…
No food and medicine and gathered…
No game honorably killed and eaten…

In this time of posted land. 
Where can we go without being shot at..
Can we live sustainably…
How do we maintain our culture…
No sweetgrass picked..
No ash fallen.

In this time of posted land.
Where can we go, where is our place…
Can we live interconnected…
How do we maintain us as a people. 
No lands to move seasonally.
No way to maintain our ancestors way of life. 

In this time of posted land.
Where can we look for help.
Can we call upon our allies.
How do we know who to trust.
No continual ancestry land.
No way to move about. 

 In this time of posted land

Is there hope…..

By Natalie Dana-Lolar

 

Map of Conserved Lands in Maine

 

The Tribes:

Aroostook Band of Micmacs

Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians

Penobscot Indian Nation

Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township,

Passamaquoddy at Sipayik

Passamaquoddy Peoples’ Knowledge Portal

 

Reading/Media: June, 2019

At First Light’s Building Collaboration gathering, Wabanaki participants asked that land trust participants take the time to read and understand the Treaty of Watertown and so here’s your chance to do that.