Dawnland—Online Film Screening and Live Q&A

Thursday May 20, 2021
6:30pm-8:30pm (Eastern)

In partnership with Upstander Project we are hosting a public online screening of the Emmy® award-winning film Dawnland, followed by a Q&A with film participant Esther Anne of Wabanaki REACH and film senior advisor Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy) of the Abbe Museum.

We strive to match The BTS Center’s vision—of human hearts renewed, justice established, and creation restored—with the practice of collective self-examination. We need to hear and heed the stories and lived-experiences of the people whose roots are in this place, and who have suffered from the occupation and colonization of their homeland.

At The BTS Center, many in our community are descendents of white, European settlers in this land. Many of us live and work in Maine, which is the homeland of the Wabanaki, the People of the Dawn; the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Micmac, Maliseet, and Abenaki people who have lived and worked here for generations stewarding their own cultures, and stewarding the forests, the soil, the waters, the air, and our more-than-human kin.  

We hope that this screening and conversation will help to raise awareness and inspire action among congregations, other community groups, and all people of good will. We hope you will join us in heeding this story.

“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.” (from Upstander Project’s website)

This event is free, but we are accepting donations. All donations will go to Upstander Project, the creative force behind the Dawnland film. Upstander Project helps bystanders become upstanders through compelling documentary films and learning resources.

For more information about Dawnland:

Please consider this notice from the Dawnland Viewer’s Guide (available here): 

“Watching the film may especially impact those in the audience who were separated from their family, sent to boarding school, adopted or fostered, and we strongly encourage viewers to consider this prior to watching the film so all can be well supported while viewing. Please take care of yourself and others.”

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times Eastern)
Thursday May 20, 2021
6:30 PM: Welcoming Videos and Film Introduction
6:40 PM: Dawnland Film
7:30 PM: Film Team Q & A


How will I access the screening?
The screening will occur on the OVEE website. Once you register we will automatically send you a link to access the streaming platform. This link will be sent a couple of days prior to the event.

If you have not received your link the day before the event, please check your spam folder for the email containing the link.

What device can I use to watch the live stream?
A computer or large screen device that you use to watch movies is ideal. As long as your device is able to stream video from the internet you are all set. A tablet or phone that can stream video will also work. Please test that your device is compatible with the screening platform here: https://ovee.itvs.org/diagnostics

How do I know if I am in the right place for the screening?
Using the link we will provide to you via email prior to the event you will land in a virtual waiting room and once the screening is opened you will automatically begin seeing the video content that is playing there. After you follow the link for the screening you are all set, no further action is needed.

Why does the platform say I am too young to enter the screening?
If you see a message that says you are too young to enter the screening, this is because you have entered a birthdate that puts you under 18 years old. If you have done this by mistake, you must clear the cookies on your current browser, or you may open the screening link in a different browser and enter the correct birthdate.

What's the refund policy?
As this event is accepting donations only we do not typically offer refunds. If you are unable to access the screening and would like a refund please email us.

Why do I have to enter my birthday on the OVEE streaming platform?
This is to ensure that you are over 18 years old.