Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition

At A Glance

Contact: 

Cloe Chunn

Location: 

Swanville, Maine

Primary Issue Area:

  • Environmental Health
  • Land & Water

Active since:

2004

Tax Status:

501(c)(3)

Core volunteers:

20

Our Purpose

To support students and teachers, K-12 in 3 school districts in Waldo County, to promote understanding of environmental justice issues with Indigenous tribes in Maine, their history, and their values, through connecting them to Wabanaki Studies curriculum, which is now a requirement for public school educators K-12.  To foster understanding and learning from tribal nations who have been short-changed by state policy since the beginning. To help teachers fulfill the State requirement to integrate Wabanaki history into social studies K-12. To start a process of filling the deficit in teacher education on EJ and Wabanaki history. To give teachers confidence that they are teaching correct history, not memes and legends they were taught in school.BBWC is expanding our vision and definition of environmental health to include environmental justice. Our Natural Literacy teacher gets requests for help with fulfilling the Wabanaki studies requirement (L.D.291)  This is a way to address that need correctly.