First Light is an ongoing collaborative effort, begun in 2017, between Maine conservation organizations and Wabanaki Tribes to expand Wabanaki access and stewardship of land. Our long work is reciprocity: we seek Wabanaki prosperity through access and stewardship of land and we seek to create a stronger conservation movement that includes and reflects indigenous expertise and perspective. Through expanding Wabanaki stewardship of land, we hope to contribute toward growing the conditions for on-going prosperity of Wabanaki language, culture and economy. We will all benefit from this, and it all begins with the land.
The purpose of First Light Learning Journey is to foster awareness and points of relationship between Native and non-Native conservationists that will lead directly to expanded access to land and water natural and cultural resources for Wabanaki people, who today have access to less than 1% of the land that once supported their place-based cultures.