PNCR GREETS AMERINDIANS ON THE OCCASION OF AMERINDIAN HERITAGE MONTH, SEPTEMBER 2009--PRESS RELEASE Tuesday 1 September 2009




We have reached that point in the national calendar when Amerindian Heritage Month is once again being celebrated. The People’s National Congress Reform believes that this event is of particular significance because it presents the opportunity for our Amerindian compatriots to showcase their outstanding historical and cultural contribution to the development to this nation. On each occasion that this is done it reminds the Guyanese population as a whole that Guyana is a nation of multiculturalism, ethnic diversity and social pluralism.

The PNCR which has played a well known role in the development of the various Amerindian Communities, including the hosting of the first Amerindian Conference in 1969 and the demarcation and distribution of Amerindian land titles, on this occasion, must give voice to its firmly held view that not enough is being done to protect these communities from being challenged by such dark issues as trafficking in persons, as outlined in several international reports.

Also, no new economic or development strategy, whether it is high or low, should be allowed to destroy the way of life of the Amerindians and cause a retrogression to take place. Indeed, the time is ripe for the Government of the day to ensure that there is further investment in these communities, especially in education, health and transportation, so that our Amerindian brothers and sisters can live a full and rounded life.

The PNCR looks forward to the celebration of Amerindian Heritage Month because it is a period when we focus on the value and significance of their artistic, culinary and other achievements and the particular cultural strength they bring to the development of this nation.


People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana
Tuesday 1 September 2009