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ACTO meeting focuses on Indigenous issues at the start of Amerindian Heritage Month

shot0001Indigenous issues were the focus of a recent meeting of representatives of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO). They met at the International Conference Centre and deliberated on issues affecting members of the Grouping.

One of the observations made by director of the ACTO is that the rich biodiversity of the Amazon region is an important aspect that needs to be properly channeled and protected.

Minister of Amerindian Affairs in Guyana Pauline Sukhai outlined several actions that the Government has taken in furthering indigenous people’s rights, alluding to protection in the constitution and Land titling. She referred to the funding of community-based projects as one of the ways that support is given to indigenous peoples.

The conference comes at the start of Amerindian Heritage Month, which is celebrated in the month of September. This year the theme is ‘Honoring Our Culture Advancing our future’.

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