#Beyond94: Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

About the TRC

The first residential schools opened in Canada in the 1870s. They were the product of churches and the government; a collective, calculated effort to eradicate Indigenous language and culture that the commission called a policy of cultural genocide.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was formed as a means of reckoning with the devastating legacy of forced assimilation and abuse left by the residential school system. From 2008 to 2014, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission heard stories from thousands of residential school survivors. In June 2015, the commission released a report based on those hearings. From that came the 94 Calls to Action: individual instructions to guide governments, communities and faith groups down the road to reconciliation.

Beyond 94 will now monitor the progress of that journey.



Make Connections Over Coffee

Join Us!


Wednesday, May 2, 2018 8-9 a.m. at Glass Coffeehouse, Shawano WI

Bring your business cards and your 3-minute “commercial” and get ready to make some connections!!

This month’s presenter will be Dani Ebert, Bowman Performance Consulting.

Her topic:  “How to Balance Your Pie for the Perfect Slice of Life”

This is a free event, but space is limited, so make your reservation today!


Nancy Smith
Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce


We are thrilled to announce the world premiere of our new feature film Dawnland. 

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” (TRC) in the United States begins a historic investigation. Dawnland goes behind-the-scenes as this historic TRC grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.

APRIL 13-15


Cleveland International Film Festival (3 screenings)


APRIL 16-18


Wabanaki Communities (6 screenings)




Independent Film Festival Boston

*Tickets on sale here on April 11




Richmond International Film Festival


Dawnland Directors Ben and Adam

Dawnland has been in the works for over 5 years. This film would not be possible without the courage and strength of so many Wabanaki people who chose to share their stories with the truth commission and our filmmaking team. The commission would not have been possible without decades of tireless work by Maine-Wabanaki REACH, which is now carrying out the recommendations of the commission. We send our deepest gratitude to the Wabanaki people.

P.S. Our new website has info on how to book a Dawnland screening: dawnland.org

National Congress of American Indians-Policy Research Center

NCAI Policy Research Center
Projects and Resources

SAVE THE DATE! NCAI Policy Research Center’s 13th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum.
Please plan now to attend the 13th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum on June 5, 2018 during
the NCAI 2018 Mid Year Conference in Kansas City, MO. The theme is, “Lighting the Way: New
Paths for Research to Policy.”

Join Us for our New Monthly Webinar Series! The PRC will host webinars throughout
the year on the 4th Thursday of every month that focus on cutting-edge research
findings and topics related to AI/AN research and policy priorities. To view recordings of
our latest webinars: http://www.ncai.org/policy-research-center/events/webinars. To receive
future announcements for our webinars, email us at research@ncai.org.

If you would like to be added to our PRC listserv, email research@ncai.org.
Visit our updated website at http://www.ncai.org/prc.

Follow us on Twitter @ncaiprc


NCAI Policy Research Center , Supporting Indian Country in Shaping it’s Own Future

Tribal Data Capacity

Using Science to Building Tribal Capacity for Data-Intensive Research



The project includes the following activities:

  • Survey of tribal data capacity and practices
  • Review of the time tribes spend on meeting federal reporting requirements
  • Review of the experiences of tribes that received pilot grants to plan and conduct their own censuses  and surveys
  • Review of current tribal and program service populations and geographic service areas
  • Convening stakeholders to discuss tribal data capacity issues at the NCAI Policy Research Center’s Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum and other venues
  • Developing reports on project work with recommendations for improving and encouraging tribal data collection efforts


Pilot Grantees:

  • Kalispel Tribe of Indians
  • Pueblo of Laguna
  • Nez Perce Tribe
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center

NCAI Policy Research Center, Supporting Indian Country in Shaping it’s Own Future

Tribal Public Health Law

Tribal Public Health Law can be a key tool in the work of tribal leaders to strengthen public health in their communities in a range of ways, including by serving to:

  • Provide a mechanism to exercise authority (via the development of rules, regulations,); policies, and procedures by codifying, implementing, and enforcing laws and policies
  • Build infrastructure to sustain public health initiatives
  • Establish a legal framework to prepare for emergencies
  • Establish a coordinated effort to respond to public health concerns
  • Prioritize public health issues not currently addressed
  • Set a priority for engaging with public health data to improve health and save lives


SAMHSA Announces Federal Action For People Living With Serious Mental Illness

The Way Forward: Federal Action for a System That Works for All People Living With SMI and SED and Their Families and Caregivers

Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee Releases Report to Congress

Download the Full Report

Download the Executive Summary

UW-Madison Center for Limnology

Emily Stanley Awarded the 2018 G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award

Emily Stanley

Emily Stanley, professor at the Center for Limnology and department of Integrative Biology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is the 2018 recipient of the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.

The G. Evelyn Hutchinson award honors a limnologist or oceanographer who has made considerable contributions to knowledge, and whose future work promises a continued legacy of scientific excellence. Stanley is being recognized for her outstanding contributions to the understanding of the roles hydrology and the biogeochemistry of nitrogen and carbon play in lake and stream ecology, Stanley will be presented the award at the ASLO Summer Meeting in Victoria, British Columbia in June 2018.

Stanley has consistently pushed scientists to look beyond traditional physical and disciplinary boundaries of freshwater research. Her early research explored the linkages between stream nutrient dynamics, sediment transport, large-scale geomorphic changes and dam removal – research that provided critical data to natural resource managers.

More recently, Stanley played a leading role in improving the understanding of carbon dioxide and methane production in flowing waters and its potential to contribute to the global carbon cycles. Early work published by Stanley and her students in 2013 and 2014 provided some of the first evidence that streams can be an important source of methane and that hydrologic connectivity plays an important role in the carbon cycle. Stanley’s 2016 review paper which synthesized the relevant published data on this topic proposed a future research agenda to address data gaps and biases in existing literature and has been praised by colleagues as an important contribution to the field.

Stanley’s influence in freshwater research extends far beyond her own lab. As Principal Investigator at the North Temperate Lakes Long-Term Ecological Research (NTL-LTER) site, she provides strong leadership to a large team of NTL-LTER researchers, formulating research questions and field studies in northern Wisconsin’s Vilas County.

“Throughout her career, Emily has probed the boundaries of freshwater science to discover new linkages between systems and concepts,” says ASLO President Linda Duguay. “She is a productive and highly cited researcher who has already contributed greatly to our discipline. Hutchinson asked that this award be given to individuals who promise a ‘continued legacy of scientific excellence.’ Emily Stanley is certainly one such individual and we are pleased to honor her work with the 2018 Hutchinson Award.”

ASLO is an international aquatic science society that was founded in 1948. For more than 60 years, it has been the leading professional organization for researchers and educators in the field of aquatic science. The purpose of ASLO is to foster a diverse, international scientific community that creates, integrates and communicates knowledge across the full spectrum of aquatic sciences, advances public awareness and education about aquatic resources and research, and promotes scientific stewardship of aquatic resources for the public interest. Its products and activities are directed toward these ends. With more than 3,500 members worldwide, the society has earned an outstanding reputation and is best known for its journals, interdisciplinary meetings, and special symposia. For more information about ASLO, please visit our website at www.ASLO.org.


Press Contact:

Dr. Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO Director of Communications and Science

Tel: 301-637-7783


SAMHSA Announces New Technical Assistance Programs in Opioid Use

New Efforts To Advance Evidence-Based Practices in

Behavioral Health

SAMHSA announces new technical assistance programs to advance evidence-based practices for opioid use and serious mental illness (SMI). 

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Robert Johnson Wood Foundation, Programs Helping to Build Leaders of Tomorrow

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