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Guyana Politics: Toshaos’ Conference becomes ‘battleground’ for political parties

Toshaos and other village leaders at the NTC

This fresh clash follows after the National Toshao’s Council (NTC) launched their 13th annual conference, where village Toshaos, senior councillors and community development chairpersons gather to consolidate and expand national development, which would inevitably cater to the needs of the indigenous people.

Considering that the country has now found itself in the atmosphere of elections, it is now up to the Government of Guyana and the Political Opposition to win the votes of the first people of the land.      Continue reading

Suriname – Sell Off – video

Suriname – Sell Off – video

Deep in the jungles of South America, the culture of escaped slaves has been preserved for over three centuries. But their unique heritage is now being threatened by developers.

The former Dutch colony of Suriname is home to the largest undisturbed expanse of tropical rainforest and the highest number of ethnic groups in the world. “You have the indigenous people, the bushnegroe cultures. It’s a unique and wonderful mix that is not found anywhere else,” explains Russel Mittermeier from Conservation International.

But with 70% of the population living below the poverty line, the government is considering selling forest land to developers. “Our government has put our forest out for sale,” laments resident Cornelly Olivera. But indigenous people see themselves as the legal owners of the forests and are determined to fight all developments.

Entry submitted by Dmitri Allicock.

The First People of Suriname – video

Indigenous Peoples:    The problems faced by Indigenous peoples around the world are well documented.  The indigenous peoples of Suriname, like their relatives in Guyana, have had to deal with the problem of encroachment of aboriginal lands by their governments, especially since independence from the colonial powers.  This video highlights the Suriname experience, but many of the same issues in Suriname are also present in Guyana.

The First People of Suriname – video

In the face of global development, Indigenous people in Suriname speak out about human rights. This was created for the Organization of Indigenous People in Suriname and taken to the United Nations Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), April 2008.

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