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Jan 22, 2021

National Garifuna Council Meets with the Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs

Melissa Zuniga

On Thursday, the new Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs addressed the Caribbean Court of Justice and stated that her appointment signals a new day of respect for our Maya sisters, brothers, and other indigenous people.  On that same day, Minister Dolores Balderamos Garcia and her team also met with the National Garifuna Council leaders.  The meeting allowed both sides to be brought up to speed on the accomplishments of preserving the cultural heritage of the Garifuna people in Belize and the plans going forward. News Five spoke with N.G.C. Project Coordinator Melissa Zuniga, who says that the meeting was very promising.

 

Melissa Zuniga, Project Coordinator, National Garifuna Council

“We had a memorandum of understanding that was signed in July of 199 and we wanted the terms of that Memorandum of Understanding to be honoured. That includes respect for our territories, to work together in good faith and also for Belize to sign on to the ILO 169 which looks at indigenous people. So that is one of the specific requests that we made because it would benefit not only the Garifuna, but also the Maya who are indigenous persons. As well as spoke about the impact of the Maya land rights case and the precedence that that will set not only for the Mayas, but also for Garifuna persons and their territories in Belize.”


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