Tag Archives: Amerindian People’s Association (APA)

GUYANA: Amerindian Association unfazed by Jagdeo’s attacks

…says will continue to monitor policies, decisions that affect the lives of indigenous peoples

Feb 22, 2023 – Kaieteur News – Against the background of recent attacks on the organisation, by Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo, the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) said it is unfazed by the action of the government official, reminding that it has a responsibility to monitor the policies and decisions that particularly affect the lives of indigenous peoples in Guyana and will continue to do so.

Last week during a meeting with Amerindian leaders, Jagdeo lashed out at the organisation for its criticisms of government’s handling of the carbon credit sale initiative it has embarked on.  The APA is not the only organisation that has criticised the initiative. In responding to Jagdeo the APA said the VPs vilification of the organisation is a continuation of the attacks by Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall. “However, the APA remains resolute in its objective of ensuring that indigenous peoples’ rights are protected and respected by all. The APA also wonders why the organisation is being used as a scapegoat and distraction, and why the real issues are not being addressed.”  Continue reading

GUYANA: APA calls on Govt. to give more support to Venezuelan migrants

Venezuelan refugees at a landing in Charity, Region #2 Guyana

The APA said its call follows the recent influx of migrants experienced by the Region 2 community of Kabakaburi and their forced relocation that followed just days after, even though the indigenous community began to support and have since indicated their willingness to support them.  Continue reading

Guyana: Amerindian Heritage activities … New website to showcase Wapichan people

Guyana: Amerindian Heritage activities … New website to showcase Wapichan people

SRDC Monitors and technicians setting up the community drone “Kowadad” for test flights in Shorinab Village

The South Rupununi District Council (SRDC) on Tuesday officially launched its official website, an initiative of the Wapichan (sometimes spelt, Wapishana) people in Guyana to inform the world about their culture, customs, livelihoods and challenges.

According to information released via Amerindian People’s Association (APA), the website contains a plethora of information which includes backgrounds on the 17 Villages which make up of the SRDC.

The initiative is as a result of over 15 years of work in several communities across the South Rupununi District.    Continue reading

Amerindian Peoples’ Association not pleased with High Court ruling

Amerindian Peoples’ Association not pleased with High Court ruling on land ownership

January 17, Capitol News – A high court ruling over of a disputed piece of land in the Amerindian community of Isseneru, in region seven, is seen as a major blow to the Amerindian community but a victory for Miners.

Justice Diana Insanally, today handed down the decision in the case brought against miners Joan and Mark Chang. The judge ruled that the mining operation was there prior to the 2006 Amerindian Act, coming into effect.  Toshao Lewis Lawson said, what was clear today from the ruling, is that the community has no power and rights over their land.    Continue reading

Concerns that Guyana prioritising wealth over public health

Concerns that Guyana prioritising wealth over public health

Mission to UN mounted by Guyanese authorities seeking to shield gold miners from mercury ban is earning widespread concern from NGOs.

(Caribbean 360)  GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thursday November 29, 2012 

The gold mining industry has become a boon for Guyana and this year, recorded sales of gold will bring in more than US$600 million to the economy, about six times more than sugar.

Since world gold prices began to surge as investors search for a hedge amidst ongoing global economic uncertainty, gold has become Guyana’s leading export industry, easily surpassing sugar, bauxite and rice as the main economic pillar.

According to the Inter Press Service (IPS), in a bid not to lose out on this lucrative industry, Guyanese authorities are opposing a proposal at the United Nations (UN) level to impose a legally binding ban on the use of mercury in the global gold mining industry.   Continue reading

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