Quinnipiac University

Exploring Truth & Reconciliation: A Screening of Dawnland

Starts November 10, 2021 on 6:30 PM (ET)

Ends November 10, 2021 on 8:30 PM (ET)

Location Carl Hansen Student Center SC 133 Piazza

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Emmy-Award Winning Dawnland

Join us for an evening screening of Dawnland, which explores the devastating impact the removal of Native children from their homes had on Wabanaki communities in Maine. The film seeks to reveal the cultural, emotional, and financial truth behind the child welfare crisis. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy), Director of Education for the Akomawt Educational Initiative and Senior Advisor for the Emmy-award winning documentary Dawnland. This event is free and open to the public.

Chris Newell 

Chris Newell is co-founder/director of education for Akomawt Educational Initiative, a majority Native-owned educational consultancy based in Connecticut. He is a multi-award-winning museum professional born and raised in Motahkmikuhk (Indian Township, ME) and a proud citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the New England Museum Association, Tides Institute, and Maine Public.

Newell is a long-time singer with the acclaimed Mystic River singers based out of Connecticut and has travelled the United States of America and Canada singing and participating in cultural celebrations, pow wows, and live stage performances. Newell was the Senior Advisor for the Emmy-award winning documentary Dawnland and participant in the upcoming short documentary Weckuwapok: The Approaching Dawn chronicling a historic sunrise concert collaboration in 2021 with Wabanaki musicians/storytellers and 18-time Grammy-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

About the Film

Emmy-Award Winning Dawnland 
A Documentary About Cultural Survival and Stolen Children

For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation. DAWNLAND goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.

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