doubt the twenty-three years that the PPP/C was in office saw our Amerindian/hinterland communities making very great strides. The achievements are impressive and in many ways they set a standard for other similar communities around the world to aspire.
I would like to quickly point out when the PPP/C took office in 1992, our Amerindian population was on the decline. This was caused by many factors, including migration to Brazil and Venezuela and a high death rate caused by malaria in particular.
Poverty was all pervasive. All the communities lacked basic facilities, including schools, health centres/ hospitals, pure water supply, etc; drinking water in many areas was contaminated by mining and similar activities.
Today, the Amerindian population is the fastest growing in our country and their progress in every area is impressive.
We now have secondary, primary and kindergarten schools in all hinterland communities, which have developed so rapidly that the authorities are now considering naming many as townships.
The Amerindian people are now prominent professionals in every area of life - doctors, engineers, teachers and other professions.
At the political level, they have made great gains with the implementation of the Amerindian Act, which protects and promotes their interest. Their organization, like the Toshaos Council, has been strengthened.
Their land issues have been worked on energetically by the PPP/C administration and much was resolved.
This Amerindian Heritage month is taking place two years into the APNU/ AFC regime. However, since then progress has slowed