Saturday, February 24, 2018

First Peoples joins call to open homes*

WHILE Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's call to the nation to welcome Dominicans displaced by Hurricane Maria continues to cause some debate, the Santa Rosa First Peoples Community has placed on the table its willingness to accommodate such people.
The community yesterday expressed its concern for the plight of the people and countries devastated by Hurricanes Bret, Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria in the last three weeks, which caused loss of life and the massive loss of property in the Caribbean and North America.
In the region, Dominica was particularly ravaged by Maria this week, with nearly all housing and infrastructure demolished overnight on Monday as Maria's eye crossed the island.
Prime Minister of that country Roosevelt Skerrit, on Thursday, made a tearful plea for support from the Caribbean and the world at large.
Santa Rosa First Peoples Chief Ricardo Bharath Hernandez yesterday noted the large indigenous population of Dominica and stated: “In my capacity as Chief of the Santa Rosa First Peoples Community and chair of the Caribbean Organisation of Indigenous Peoples (COIP), I make a strong appeal for support to Dominica where a large sector of the population is comprised of First Peoples,” he said.

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