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TGHF to host Garifuna conference


As part of its programme of activities for the celebration of National Heroes and Heritage Month, March 2014, the Garifuna Heritage Foundation (TGHF) will host a one-day national Garifuna conference at the Peace Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 15, 2014.{{more}}

The conference will commence at 8:30 a.m. with an Opening Ceremony, at which the keynote address will be delivered by noted Vincentian historian Dr Adrian Fraser.

This conference will be held under the theme: “Back to our roots – Strategies for Survival and Sustainability of Indigenous Peoples in St Vincent and the Grenadines,” and will seek to:

(a) contribute to the broader public formal and informal education process in St Vincent and the Grenadines on the importance of indigenous cultural issues to national development and (b) identify individuals and organizations interested in supporting the goal of further developing the International Garifuna Research Centre (IGRC).

During the conference resource persons will discuss topics that the organisers hope will assist in guiding participants and Vincentians generally in gaining more information about critical issues related to the Garifuna heritage and culture. Presentations in connection with the above theme will be made under three broad headings: “Cultural Rights and Reparation – the Context of SVG;” “Vulnerability of Garifuna Communities – Issues relating to Environmental Degradation;” and “Strategies for Survival and Sustainability – Pursuing Social and Economic Goals in the context of Cultural Development.”

The Garifuna Heritage Foundation (TGHF) is a non-profit, registered organization dedicated to promoting, and building awareness of the Garifuna heritage and culture locally and internationally through a diversity of programmes and activities.