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National Garifuna Council Announces Theme for Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrations

The National Garifuna Council (NGC) is now calling on the Government to make a concerted effort to minimize the marginalization of the indigenous population and to honor the international conventions and treaties that directly relate to indigenous persons. The treaties referred to in the NGC’s release are the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples Issues (UNPFII) and the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The NGC also says they want GOB to respect and acknowledge the contribution of Garifuna and other indigenous populations to the development of Belize. NGC also issued a statement on World Indigenous Day and the theme for Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrations 2021. Indigenous Peoples make up 6.2% of the world’s population, approximately 467 million people, living in more than 90 countries. The theme for this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is ‘leaving no one behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract’. NGC has commenced planning for the November Celebrations and the theme chosen, translated to English is “I for You, You for Me’ Is the Garifuna Way; Let Us Move Forward.” As Garinagu and Belizeans, we must continue to ensure that we protect each other as we battle and adjust to the restrictions brought upon us due to the COVID19 pandemic. The release notes that the NGC branches countrywide will be planning and hosting various virtual activities to honor the contributions of past and present Garinagu and to showcase the vibrant Garifuna culture, language, music and dance.