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IPEC Event: DAWNLAND Screening & Discussion

Forum Interprofessional Education Collaborative


DAWNLAND will be screened and discussed on UNE Biddeford Campus as part of Maine's first Indigenous Peoples Day.

As part of IPEC’s special fall series surrounding Maine Wabenaki heritage, the film ‘DAWNLAND’ will be screened in the Commons building on Monday, October 14, the traditional Columbus Day holiday which will be recognized by the state of Maine for the first time as Indigenous Peoples Day.

UNE students and faculty are welcome to view the film and take part in small group discussions immediately following. Attendance can be applied to the Interprofessional Honors Distinction or CUP.

View the film trailer here:


2018 (NR) 86 min.
Director:  Adam Mazo, Ben Pender-Cudlip
Synopsis:  "“My foster mother told me ... she would save me from being Penobscot.” For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who tried to erase their cultural identity. Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories. In Maine, a historic investigation—the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States—begins a bold journey. For over two years, Native and non-Native commissioners travel across Maine. They gather testimony and bear witness to the dramatic impact of the state’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal communities. Collectively, these tribes make up the Wabanaki people. The feature-length documentary DAWNLAND follows the TRC to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States. The TRC discovers that state power continues to be used to break up Wabanaki families, threatening the very existence of the Wabanaki people. Can they right this wrong, and turn around a broken child welfare system? DAWNLAND foregrounds the immense challenges that this groundbreaking body faces as they work toward truth, reconciliation, and the survival of all Indigenous peoples. Living at the easternmost edge of Turtle Island, the Wabanaki people are the first to see the new day’s light. If harmony and justice begin in the east, as some prophesize, surely the TRC is a sign of this beginning.

“Riveting… testimony is emotional, tear-provoking, and grist for introspection. Turns out this reconciliation business is delicate and difficult-to-achieve terrain.” – BOSTON GLOBE

“A powerfully illuminating film — a history lesson that you’re ashamed to have never learned but whose truths you’ll likely never forget.” – CROSSCUT


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Co-Sponsored by UNE IPEC and UNE School of Social Work



(207) 221-4114

5:00 PM7:00 PM
Ripich Commons

Biddeford Campus

Free and open to the public