Executive Director of the Dominica’s Employers Federation (DEF), Achille Chris Joseph, has made it clear that calls for a public holiday by the nation’s indigenous people, the Kalinagos, will not get the support of this organization.
Appearing on Marpin’s Channel 5 news cast Kalinago leaders called on the relevant authorities to set aside a date, or a Public Holiday, to recognize the heritage and the endangerment their people.
But this has not gone down well with Joseph who said if this means adding another public holiday to the nation’s list of holidays, then it will not likely receive support from the employers or businesspersons in Dominica.
“While the case of the Kalinago may be a worthy one, one which may actually add value to the cultural diversity and heritage of Dominica, adding another day to the current schedule of 64 public days occurring here every year is not advisable,” Joseph argued.
He is advising the authorities that if the Kalinago’s recommendation is to receive favorable consideration, a suitable title should be given to a current holiday instead of adding another one. “We are recommending amending the title of one of the current public holidays to ‘Kalinago Day’ or other suitable title,” Joseph explained.
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