First Light

22 Wabanaki and Non-native leaders sit together in discussion. they are inside a spacious room with a view of a bright landscape showing trees in the foreground with Katahdin and other mountains in the distance.

This work needs all of us

First Light is a collective of non-native land-oriented organizations across Wabanaki homelands working to relearn the stories of these lands, recenter Wabanaki voices, and return land, money, and decision-making authority to Wabanaki communities. Collaboration within the non-native community and building relationships over time across the Wabanaki communities allows us to move forward together with trust and the momentum to build systemic change.

First Light organization chart: Wabanaki Commission in the center, then First Light Community in next outer layer, followed by First Light Delegation, and with other organizations preparing for this work in the outermost ring
A group of non-native conservation leaders sit together on a shaded deck in a circle of adirondack chairs, discussing and sharing ideas.


  • Heron's Rip
    For First Light Community Organizations



    The work of land justice in Maine calls for our best selves. It asks for our individual, personal sustained commitment beyond projects and job descriptions and calendars. What yearnings feed and sustain this work for you? While the work of First Light is new, we know it is filled with both great joy and great challenge. What are the motivations that inspire it; how do we nourish each other to stay at it?

    This is a 3 night/four-day camping experience on the Downeast landscape that initiated Peter Forbes who will be joined by others in First Light to guide us with provocative questions, good facilitation, and a beautiful place to do creative, sustaining things together like carve, fish, explore, recommit to the work and to each other. No matter if you are new to First Light or have been part of it for many years, this time will help to sustain the questions and motivations inside of you for years to come. Please express your interest in participating to