‒ hopes for continued Amerindian development
Floods bring hardships to Rupununi residents
are looking with great expectations for continued leadership from the National Toshaos Annual Conference in the face of attacks on gains made over the years by the APNU/AFC coalition government.
The Conference was part of an Amerindian governing system that emerged under the PPP/ C administration and intended to give more autonomy to the country’s first citizens in charting their development.
PPP General Secretary, Bharat Jagdeo, has extended best wishes to the Conference participants and expressed t he hope the Conference will chart a course that seeks to consolidate and build on their successes.
The Conference gets underway t his weekend many urgent issues are on the agenda including the vexed question of the Land Commission which seeks to reopen already settled Amerindian land issues.
Notably, t he NTC, which was elected to represent over 80,000 Amerindians in Guyana, made clear that it will not sit quietly if Government continues to ignore its concerns on the “objectionable” establishment of a Lands Commission of Inquiry (CoI).
Among issues that have engaged Amerindian communities over the last two years and which are expected to feature at the Conference are:
1. Arbitrary and whimsical dismissal of over two thousand young Amerindians employed as Community Support Officers (CSOs) on the ground that they were political activists of the PPP/C administration and were being paid from State funds;
2. Removal of the name “Amerindian” from t he Ministry of Amerindian Affairs and renaming it the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs, which suggest the inclusion of all naturally