The Santa Rosa First Peoples Community, formerly known as the Santa Rosa Carib Community, continues to promote and support the recovery and preservation of our heritage, including the cultural goods and services and traditional expressions of our First Nation Peoples. This year, we celebrate the 15th year of First Peoples Heritage Week, from 11 – 17th October.2015.
A significant component of the Heritage Week of celebration is the invitation to First Peoples delegates from Guyana, Suriname, Belize, Venezuela, Dominica, St Vincent, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua. Honduras, Ecuador, Canada and the USA, to participate in our various activities on a daily basis.
The Theme for this year is “Exploring Restitution and Reparatory Justice”, as a response to the CARICOM Mandate to seek Reparations for Native Genocide and African Enslavement. One of the major events within the week is the hosting of a Symposium on Restitution for Native Genocide, to be held 12-13 October, 2015.
At the 2013 Conference a decision was taken that the Santa Rosa First Peoples Community should undertake a Conference of this nature every two years. We are now in the Conference Year, 2015. It is proposed that the 2015 event should take the form of a Symposium. The theme: “Exploring Restitution for the First Peoples of Kairi” is contained partly within the 2013 Conference Resolutions (5-10) that deal with Restitution, a copy of which is attached.
The following persons who have done extensive research on the First Peoples of Kairi and wider Caribbean, have already accepted our Invitation to speak/participate at the Symposium:
- Maximillian Forte – Concordia University, Canada – Keynote Speaker
- Amy Strecker – Leiden University
- Brinsley Samaroo – Formerly of UWI, St. Augustine and UTT Trinidad
- Cecilia Babb- Development Consultant and Gender Specialist
Dr. Satnarine Balkaransingh, scholar and consultant, who was Chair of the 2013 Conference, has agreed to Chair the Symposium.
Other Speakers come from Suriname, Guyana, Belize, Barbados Dominica, St, Vincent and the Grenadines, who have been invited to the Symposium to give their country perspective on Restitution, Reparation, and the enslavement of indigenous women and men. An Invitation is also extended to the Indigenous representative on the National Reparations Committees within CARICOM.
It is also our hope that during the 2015 Week of Recognition, we can launch the publication of the select compendium of the 2013 conference proceedings, entitled: Re-igniting the Ancestral Fires: Essays on the First Peoples of the Caribbean and the Americas.