“The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission: New Opportunities for Understanding Post-Colonialism”

Lecture Donna M. Loring Lecture Series

Matthew Dunlap

Secretary of State

In this talk, Dunlap will share his perspective of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from his position as a white male. The TRC is working to uncover and acknowledge the truth about what happened to Wabanaki children and families involved with the Maine child welfare system and to promote healing and change.


MATTHEW DUNLAP, one of five members of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, is perhaps better known as Maine’s 47th and 49th Secretary of State. He served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives representing Old Town and the Indian Island Voting District, and he chaired several committees and served as Speaker Pro Tempore. He has worked in the food service and hospitality industry, in the textile industry, in printing and publishing, in academia, as a writer, and in the non-profit sector. He has also served on many boards and commissions, and has been an active participant in many national debates. A native of Bar Harbor, he lives in Old Town with his wife and daughter.


lunch provided


Maine Women Writers Collection, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity


Cathleen Miller, Curator of the Maine Women Writers Collection


(207) 221-4334

12:00 PM
St. Francis Room

Biddeford Campus

Free and open to the public