Today is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, a significant occasion for recognizing and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of indigenous communities. In Dominica, the Kalinago community is encouraged to proudly embrace their heritage, as Minister of the Environment, Rural Modernisation, and Kalinago Upliftment, Cozier Frederick, emphasizes the pivotal role of youth in preserving traditions and shaping the future.
Frederick’s call for highlighting the Kalinago culture and the broader indigenous heritage aligns with the global theme for this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: “Indigenous Youth as Agents of Change for Self-Determination.” This theme underscores the essential role that young people play in advocating for self-determination, cultural preservation, and a more inclusive world.
Recognizing the vital connection between indigenous knowledge and sustainable practices, Minister Frederick underscores the significance of youth in bridging the gap between tradition and innovation. He highlights the shared responsibility of nurturing a more equitable and environmentally conscious future.
Minister Frederick further emphasizes the importance of collective action in amplifying indigenous voices, ensuring rights are respected, and fostering a world that embraces diversity. He encourages individuals to champion change, promote justice, and become stewards of the environment.
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994, with August 9 chosen to commemorate the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982. The annual observance provides a global platform for indigenous communities to raise awareness about their unique perspectives and challenges.
As Dominica joins the global celebration, Minister Cozier Frederick’s message resonates strongly, calling on the Kalinago community and society at large to honor their heritage, empower youth, and work together towards a more inclusive, just, and sustainable future.
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