Amerindian Peoples Association (APA)

Amerindian Peoples Association (APA)

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We Care about you - A message from the Arekuna kids of Paruima Village, Guyana ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡พ
The bow has left the arrow
The movement to restore the dignity and rights of the Amerindian people has begun. March 2nd will be an important day for all Amerindians in Guyana. After 500 years of being exploited, lied to, manipulated and robbed, Guyana's First Peoples will be silent no more. A new generation has arrived and they will be the change for the nation.
Food for thought. Algo para pensar
Indigenous leaders and political groups must realize that only their own parties and groups will truly represent them. Other political parties and groups will use them as curtains to dress up and camouflage their hidden agendas, making them appear genuine. Indigenous peoples should shun the many impostors/ yard and house slaves of non-indigenous political masters, parties and groups. Already, they are so divided that they are fooled and ruled.
Well, this is my take on this question of if Amerindians are Guyanese and may not reflect the opinions of the group or most of it's members. But here is the explanation and I hope it is clear. While we can't know for sure much of the history of this area as Amerindians' history was passed down orally in stories and songs but never written down before Europeans wrote about it, there are a few things that are clear to me. I don't know how many Nations were exterminated by Europeans when they first arrived. There is archeological evidence recently found and it tells much of this area on the Northern seaboard of South America which i will post later. Today however there are 9 existing Nations of Amerindians we all know for sure. When The Europeans claimed these parts and after fighting among their Monarchs it was the British who eventually acquired these lands and they created a colony of the British Empire that they named British Guiana. The authority to create the colony comes only if the lands were ceded, bought and paid for, acquired by conquest in which wars were fought and won and by authority of the Papal Bulls from the Pope in the vatican. We know the existing Amerindian Nations did not cede, sold or fought and lost any wars with any of the European nations in the past. The Papal Bulls only applied to christian Nations and there were no christians among Amerindians at that time of our history. Therefore, technically, they stole the land they created their colony with. What the British should have done when they left was to return the stolen land to the Nations. Instead the created a Nation out of thin air and left it for their imported plantation labour., Regardless the State exists and it's citizens were the settler population and imported plantation labour, some as slaves and others as indentured labourers and immigrants. Amerindians at the time existed in the colony under the Flora and Fauna Act as part of the fauna of the colony and had the status as animals. Insulting but true. Amerindians were not citizens of the colony as were the settlers. The British only had authority to give citizenship to those who they brought, who immigrated and lived there long enough and those British who may have been born in the colony. The 9 Amerindians Nations were neither of those. The Amerindian Nations did not cross any borders as they were always there, it was the British Guiana's borders that crossed their territories. Despite the efforts to exterminate the original inhabitants of that State by genocide, enslavement and christianization to assimilate them, the 9 Nations still persists in their territories today and their languages, cultures and traditions are still very much relevant. It is this history to the understanding I have, that convinces me that Amerindians were never part of the British colony of British Guiana then and still not part of the Republic created from that colony.because their Nations never made treaties, arrangements, ceded, sold or lost in any war of conquest. As such Amerindian Nations continue to have sole sovereignty over the Territories to which they still have stewardship. If the Guyana Government agrees that the nations are entitled to their Titled and Traditional Lands because they were always there then by what authority did the Government have to grant it to them in the first place? They have no authority. The Government needs free, prior and informed consent from the Nations to do anything in any part of Guyana. If we don't know where we came from then we can't know where we are going. Thank you for hearing me out and sorry for the long comment.
Good Afternoon Everyone. Is there anyone in this group with knowledge of the Wapishna triditions. Please inbox me I have a few questions. Thank you
I'm Pieter Jansegers from Flanders, the Dutch (/Flemish) speaking part of Belgium ... "jan Pite Janseke" is my Toki Pona name (a constructed language with around 123 words by the Canadian Sonja Lang invented in mid-2001) I was looking around for information about the Amerindian languages and language families and just as for the African continent, very little information has reached the general public ... Are there any ressources online ? any video recording of ancient oral traditions ? any Wikipedia in an Amerindian language ? Thanks a lot for any forthcoming info !
A discussion on Guyana's National Debt - July 2018. https://www.facebook.com/stguyana/videos/1471859489624513/

What is the APA? The Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) is a non-governmental Indigenous Peoples organization in Guyana. It is primarily an advocacy organization that seeks to promote and defend the rights of the Indigenous Peoples of Guyana.

Membership of the APA is made up of Units throughout the country, currently amounting to close to eighty such units. The Association is led by an Executive Committee comprising the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer, thirteen regional representatives, a womenโ€™s representative and a youth representative. The APA has a central office in Georgetown which is staffed by persons from interior communities who carry out the daily functions of the organization and who provides the link between what is happening in the communities and at the national and international levels.

Mission: Goals and Objectives The objectives of the APA are to promote the social, economic, political and cultural development of Amerindian communities in solidarity with each other and to promote and defend their rights. The long term goal of the APA is to secure legislative and policy changes to protect indigenous rights in all instances, to promote representation of indigenous peoples by indigenous peoples themselves, to provide information to indigenous communities about their rights under national and international law, to promote the sustainable use of the natural resources by indigenous peoples and to ensure the protection of the environment, to secure participation in development activities and decision making processes that affect the lives of the indigenous peoples of Guyana, and to ensure that the state fulfill its obligations in providing basic services to indigenous communities such as health, education, transportation and communication services.

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Several villages see spike in COVID-19 cases

Among the other areas being closely monitored is Waramadong Village in Upper Mazaruni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).

newsroom.gy The Ministry of Health is closely monitoring several populated areas across the 10 administrative regions following a pike in positive COVID-19 cases. During his daily update on Friday, Minister ofโ€ฆ

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Indigenous groups call on govโ€™t to honour commitment for revision of Amerindian Act - Stabroek News

"As part of the meeting, the Indigenous leaders discussed recommendations for the proposed revision of the Amerindian Act 2006 done previously and submitted to the Ministry of Indigenous Peoplesโ€™ in 2019. Among these recommendations are amendments to existing provisions that relate to land titling, Free, Prior and Informed Consent and village governance."

stabroeknews.com A meeting of groups representing indigenous persons earlier this month called on the new PPP/C government to honour its promise that revision of the

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The Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) is partnering with the Nia Tero Foundation based in Seattle, USA, to be part of a mentorship programme that seeks to build the capacity of indigenous youths through training in policy advocacy and negotiations skills for effective indigenous peoplesโ€™ engagement in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and related bodies.

See more info at:-

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The Executive Director
Amerindian Peoples Association
200 Charlotte Street
Bourda
Georgetown

Deadline for applications is on or before January 4, 2020.

We will accept e-mails at [email protected]
We will respond to and only carry out interviews with persons shortlisted.

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Voices from Developing Countries

Forests with high integrity play a critical role in slowing climate change, preserving biodiversity, protecting Indigenous Peoples, and avoiding future pandemics. This new index shows that only 40% of forests have high integrity. These occur in Guyana, Suriname, Gabon, Central African Republic & South Sudan.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-19493-3

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APA November field activity

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"Isaac Williams, a resident of Micobie who spoke with Mr McGarrell, explained that he has been living in the community for over 60 years and has witnessed the pollution of the river caused by continuous river mining. He noted that though reports have been made to the relevant authorities, the community has seen little change. Mr Williams explained that the Potaro River was once home to an abundance of fish which sustained the community and fishermen like himself. However, this has changed as fish is now scarce, something he attributes to the river mining taking place in the Potaro River."

#Amazonia20 #OurlandOurLife #APAGuyana

amazoniadospuntocero.com APA November field activity 10 December 2020 The Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) under the Amazonia 2.0 project recently conducted an environmental field monitoring activity in the Potaro-Siparuni Region (Region 8), where a team from the organisation spent three weeks collecting pertinent data....

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We invite all Indigenous women who want to promote their initiatives and projects aimed at conserving their territories, adapting to climate change, and strengthening their communities through their ancestral knowledge, or similar ideas.
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Send us your proposal and participate in an opportunity for a financial aid of 10,000 USD and support from the expert team of Conservation International for approximately 1 year.

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Inspiring the voices of indigenous women - Guyana Chronicle

"According to Goretti, issues of gender inequality and male dominance still permeate some indigenous communities where some of the men often prefer male leaders, making it difficult for women to acceded to high positions. It is a mindset, she believes, that must change to address problems like domestic and gender-based violence. According to Goretti, issues of gender inequality and male dominance still permeate some indigenous communities where some of the men often prefer male leaders, making it difficult for women to acceded to high positions. It is a mindset, she believes, that must change to address problems like domestic and gender-based violence."

guyanachronicle.com GORETTI Lewis was six years old when her mother, a Wapishan-Arawak woman, age 26, was brutally murdered by a spouse in Lethem, and miles away from the

river bank mining

As part of activities under the Amazonia 2.0 project, a team from the APA visited Micobie Village in Region 8, on November 11, 2020.
While there, residents expressed concerns about illegal mining taking place on their titled lands.
The team, which comprised our GIS Specialist and Forest Policy Officer, Communications and Visibility Officer and two of our mappers, accompanied a councillor of the Micobie Village Council to the most recent site affected by illegal mining. As the team closed in on the area, four, hydraulic dredges (Dragga), were seen on the community's land. However, as they approached, the dredges (Dragga) and several workers retreated to the other side of the river.
Nevertheless, the team was able to capture drone videos of the draggas being towed away from the worksite.

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Dredge operators still havenโ€™t repaired Potaro River bank - Stabroek News

"โ€œThey were also told the leave this area of the river but they are still parked close by and they are not moving. They are not even trying to refill the land they have dug up,โ€ the Toshao lamented."

stabroeknews.com The dredge operators who were illegally mining on Micobie lands in Region Eight are still refusing to refill the land they have excavated to conduct

COICA Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indรญgenas de la Cuenca Amazรณnica

#CreaLaChispa ยก๐’๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐š ๐๐ž ๐€๐œ๐œ๐ข๐จฬ๐ง ๐ƒ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ ๐ƒ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š ๐“๐ข๐ž๐ซ๐ซ๐šโ—

Para los pueblos indรญgenas la madre naturaleza es nuestra farmacia y fuente de alimento; pero tristemente el calentamiento global estรก alterando el clima y nuestros sistemas de producciรณn se ven gravemente afectados.

La crisis de COVID-19 nos enseรฑรณ que necesitamos proteger la biodiversidad y dejar los bosques en su lugar. Los suministros de alimentos, de agua potable, sistemas de energรญa, las economรญas y medios de vida dependen enteramente de la naturaleza.

Necesitamos tomar acciones urgentes, y asegurar el derecho a la tierra de los pueblos indรญgenas es una alternativa sostenible, que permite la erradicaciรณn de la pobreza y el hambre, combate el cambio climรกtico y contribuye a la construcciรณn de un mundo mรกs justo.

๐€๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ซ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š ๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ซ๐ซ๐š ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐š ๐ฌ๐š๐ฅ๐ฏ๐š๐ซ ๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ž๐ญ๐š.

We stand for #landrightsnow Amerindian Peoples Association (APA)

#AmazoniaVivaHumanidadSegura #DerechosALaTierraYa #PueblosIndรญgenas #CreaLaChispa #CreateASpark

All possible with support from the Amazon Emergency Fund and a kind donation from the French government!! And our hard working staff!!

The Hinterland Tertiary Dormitory students would like to thank the Amerindian People's Association (APA) for the food hampers.

This will help to reduce their monthly financial expenses during this pandemic as they continue their online studies. According to John Ruskin, ''A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.''

Covid 19 pandemic continues to deprive us of our lives and the only way we can win this battle is by following Health guidelines.

Under the Pact SCIOA project with funding from USAID, technical resource persons are further building their capacities in ICT and project proposal development. They are drawn from Regions 1 and 7.
In the pictures below staffers provide technical help and guidance as the resource persons fine tune project documents for submission
#pact

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Traffic between Orealla and Siparuta shut over COVID - Stabroek News

"Chairman of Region Six, David Armogan yesterday confirmed that traffic between Orealla and Siparuta has been placed on hold as the health authorities are working to administer COVID-19 tests in both communities after some positive cases were discovered."

stabroeknews.com Chairman of Region Six, David Armogan yesterday confirmed that traffic between Orealla and Siparuta has been placed on hold as the health authorities are

Kangaruma Village, in the Middle Mazaruni, also received COVID-19 relief support in the form of food and sanitization supplies, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Over The Counter medication (OTC) and seeds.

The APA's COVID-19 relief efforts have been made possible through a grant from the Amazon Emergency Fund with support from the French Government.

The APA, through a grant from the Amazon Emergency Fund with support from the French Government, was able to provide food and sanitization supplies, as well as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Over The Counter medication (OTC) to St. Cuthbert's Mission over the weekend.

St. Cuthbert's Mission, located along the Linden/Soesdyke Highway is currently on locked down following a recent outbreak of COVID-19.

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Massara to get Community Health Worker - Stabroek News

"After devoting 15 years of service to the Amerindian village of Massara, Upper Takutu -Upper Essequibo, Lenny Moses is set to return as a community health worker (CHW), effectively ending an 18-month break."

stabroeknews.com After devoting 15 years of service to the Amerindian village of Massara, Upper Takutu -Upper Essequibo, Lenny Moses is set to return as a community health

Drone images showing the level of environmental degradation of Micobie Village lands as a result of illegal mining.

These images were captured by our GIS Specialist and Forest Policy Officer during a visit to Micobie on November 11, 2020 as part of activities under the Amazonia 2.0 project.

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GGMC issues removal order to dredge operators at Micobie - Stabroek News

"She said that the removal order states that they have to remove all hydraulic dredges and excavators from that area of the Potaro River and also out of Micobieโ€™s land by Monday. In addition, she said while they said that they are going to refill the land, she is skeptical that they will do so as promises made to that effect have been broken multiple times before."

stabroeknews.com The Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) on Thursday issued a removal order to operators of dredges who are illegally mining on the titled lands of

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Dredges continue to defy cease order in Potaro area - Stabroek News

"GGMC gave them a cease order so they are parked but they are not moving from the spot because what they usually do when they get a cease order is they park for a time and then pull in at night to work,โ€ she said.

However, yesterday the Deputy Toshao revealed that a team from the Village council and the GGMC were on location to monitor the situation and ensure that the miners follow the instructions of the GGMC officials. She said the miners assured them that they would relocate but as of yesterday afternoon they were still at the location."

stabroeknews.com Officials of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and the Micobie Village Council yesterday went to the area where four dredges were continuing

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Warapoka wants lockdown after pregnant women, teachers test positive for COVID-19

"The indigenous community of Warapoka in Region One has requested to go on a two-week lockdown after several residents, including pregnant mothers, a health worker, teachers and students tested positive for COVID-19."

newsroom.gy The indigenous community of Warapoka in Region One has requested to go on a two-week lockdown after several residents, including pregnant mothers, a health worker, teachers and students tested posiโ€ฆ

As part of activities under the Amazonia 2.0 project, a team from the APA visited Micobie Village in Region 8, on November 11, 2020.
While there, residents expressed concerns about illegal mining taking place on their titled lands.
The team, which comprised our GIS Specialist and Forest Policy Officer, Communications and Visibility Officer and two of our mappers, accompanied a councillor of the Micobie Village Council to the most recent site affected by illegal mining. As the team closed in on the area, four, hydraulic dredges (Dragga), were seen on the community's land. However, as they approached, the dredges (Dragga) and several workers retreated to the other side of the river.
Nevertheless, the team was able to capture images and videos of the damage done to the land as a result of the illegal mining, the two excavators hidden in the nearby bushes and workers removing their equipment from the village lands.

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Parents of school-aged children from villages in the South Central Rupununi in Region Nine are not only worried about the novel Coronavirus but are also deeply concerned about rotting school buildings and sanitary blocks once their children return to school. These concerns were raised during a recent Housing and Water Ministerial visit to the villages. Other concerns raised by the residents include poor water supply to schools, health centres and homes despite a number of water wells which were drilled in the region.

As the communities in the Moruca Sub-region, Region 1 continue to be hard hit by the COVID 19 pandemic, the APA also continues to provide relief support to some of these communities. Today Kwebanna and Waramuri were the recipients of food supplies, masks, sanitary and cleaning items, among other things. The photos represent some of the things received by Waramuri as well as supplies procured for distribution. The support comes through an Amazon Emergency Fund grant through a French government donation.

Kwebanna Village in the Moruca Sub-region today received COVID-19 relief supplies made possible by the APA with support from the Amazon Emergency Fund through a grant from the French Government.

Please join us in wishing our GIS technician Mr. Ron James a Happy Birthday!

Shuhb Diwali!

Isseneru Village, located in the Middle Mazaruni District, is a beneficiary of Covid 19 Relief with support from the Amazon Emergency Fund in close coordination with COICA and a kind donation made by the French government!
In the pics below, the health center and the Community Health Workers (CHWs) receive PPE's and Sanitization supplies and the Isseneru Village Council receives food supplies for distribution to the most vulnerable women, and households.
#AEF
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Middle Mazaruni Villages, Region 7 of Isseneru, Tassarene and Kangaruma are set to receive Covid 19 Relief supplies made possible with support from the Amazon Emergency Fund with a donation from the French government.
In the pics below medical and some agricultural supplies (seeds) being packaged for shipment.
Please note, bulkier food supplies are being trucked in, while lighter goods are being sent via jet boat.

French Ambassador to Suriname and Guyana, His Excellency Antoine Joly met with APA Executive Director Jean La Rose and other staffers today, where the Ambassador was updated on the Amazon Emergency Fund Relief efforts with a donation from the French government.
Other areas of cooperation were also discussed.

Despite inclement weather and delayed flights, the distribution of Covid19 relief supplies continues this week in the various Regions.
This is being done with support from the Amazon Emergency Fund through a donation from the French Government.
In the pics below relief supplies are off to Chiung Mouth (Bikes) and Kaibarupai Villages (off loaded at Orinduik), in the Potaro Siparuni, Region 8.

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Famed balata artist George Tancredo dead, fans pay tribute - Stabroek News

"Balata craftsman and former primary school teacher George Tancredo of Nappi Village, Central Rupununi, who was known for seizing attention with his beautifully created pieces, died on October 30, following a tragic accident."

stabroeknews.com Balata craftsman and former primary school teacher George Tancredo of Nappi Village, Central Rupununi, who was known for seizing attention with his

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