Maine's Truth and Reconciliation Commission finds 'evidence of cultural genocide'

6/18/2015

On Thursday, the Manitoba government apologized for the Sixties Scoop - the forced adoption and relocation of thousands of indigenous children.

But in Maine, where indigenous peoples faced a similar problem with child welfare agencies - a different approach has been taken to facing a dark history.

In 2013, the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission was launched, tasked with investigating why so many Wabanaki children ended up in child welfare.

Although the Wabanaki are just four tribes with around 8,000 members, it was found that Wabanaki children are five times more likely to be apprehended by child welfare agencies than other children in the state.

"At one point in the '80s, Maine had the second highest rate of removal for native children in the United States," said Charlotte Bacon, executive director of the Wabanaki TRC.

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