Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dominica Protects Indigenous

Roseau, Jan 28 (Prensa Latina) - The government of Dominica announced the start of a infrastructure plan, for which the only Caribbean indigenous community still with the name of the region they named, is also taken into consideration.

The authorities of Dominica said 8 million Eastern Caribbean dollars (3 US million dollars) were destined for the national Caribbean community, coming from the Caribbean Development Bank.

A total of 3,000 Kalinagos (Caribbean) indigenous people are living in 5.8 square miles in the northeast of the island of Dominica, where they maintain the traditions of their ancestors, despite the colonization processes to which they were submitted, and they resisted.

The Europeans came to Dominica for the first time in 1493, in an expedition commanded by Christopher Columbus, but the domination of the island was disputed by French and English colonizers.

Dominica’s mountain feature - 291 square miles- favoured the survival of the indigenous community, now counting on a population estimated in 3,000 people in the island, of a total population of 72,000 inhabitants.

The name “Waitikubuli” is considered the Caribbean indigenous original name of Dominica. Its modern current translation is “Sunday”, the day of the week of Columbus´ arrival to the island.

Source: Prensa Latina

Bolivian vote a win for natives

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivian voters embraced a new constitution Sunday that promises more power for the long-suffering indigenous majority and grants leftist President Evo Morales a shot at remaining in office through 2014.

Read the article at UCTP TAINO NEWS

Thursday, January 22, 2009

New Summit Blog Launched from Trinidad

UCTP Taino News – A new blog focusing on "the upcoming Fourth Summit of the Peoples, the alternative to the fifth installment of the Organization of American States "Summit of the Americas" conferences has been launched from Trinidad. Entitled "Small World" the blog hopes to be an online forum where "voices from the Caribbean — farmers and fisherfolk, anti-smelter and gender activists etc. — can connect with each other and others across the globe".

The Fourth Summit of the Peoples is scheduled to be held April 16-18 while the OAS Summit of the Americas is schedule to take from April 17 – 19, 2009 in Port of Spain,Trinidad. The theme of the Fifth Summit of the Americas, "Securing Our Citizens' Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability" was developed in close consultation with member countries and partner institutions of the Summit Process.

Small World is located on the world-wide web at

UCTPTN 01.22.2009