As we live through this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have focused on support, service, and love. The newest program that we offer to our communities is the Literacy and Love program, the goal of which is to promote bonding and connections in our communities with literacy and learning.
Through this new venture we provide literacy care packages to our community members who are in active service and their families, as well as Wabanaki youth, people in recovery, and students in college and vocational training programs.
We have Wabanaki people serving all branches of the United States Military. WPHW recognizes the many Indigenous people who are actively serving and their families. As part of our Literacy and Love program, we honor and support our heroes while providing connections to our home communities, culture, and language by distributing Wabanaki and other Indigenous-authored literature to those in active service and to their families.
When designing our program, we made sure to focus heavily on gifting Indigenous-authored books with special efforts to include Wabanaki-authored books when we are able. To date, we have distributed over 250 literacy care packages to our communities.
Some of these selections include: Donna Loring’s In the Shadow of the Eagle, Allen Sockabasin’s An Upriver Passamaquoddy, and Robin Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass. Our children’s books include selections from: Donald Soctomah, Lee DeCora Francis, and many more.