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Amerindian Leaders meeting to discuss their concerns

The National Toashaos Meeting opened this morning at the International Convention Center with a challenge being thrown out by the Chairperson of the National Toashaos Council to Amerindians in Guyana. Chairperson Yvonne Pearson told the gathering of village and council leaders that Amerindians need to say in what ways their rights are not being respected. She said there is the need for honesty.

President Donald Ramotar opened the conference and spoke about the changes many Amerindian communities have seen over the years and the development projects that await them. He made reference to the impact of the budget cuts on some of the government’s programmes including the low carbon development strategy. He said the administration was paying attention to Amerindian rights and land titles for various Amerindian communities.

The conference will continue for the next 3 days and will examine several issues that are of concern to Amerindian villages across the length and breadth of Guyana. At the end of the meeting a new national Toashaos council will be put in place to look into the affairs of the communities and serve as sort of a lisason between those communities and the government.

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