Kalinago Territory site of University of Winnipeg international program

Auguiste recently participated in an attachment program in Canada
Auguiste recently participated in an attachment program in Canada

A former Kalinago chief is spearheading a project in which students from a university in Canada are sent to the Kalinago Territory on detachment to work among the island’s indigenous people.

Irvince Auguiste told DNO this initiative comes following a recent month long trip to Canada where he participated in a special attachment program at the University of Winnipeg.

“My trip to Canada came out of a friendship that I have with a student from the Caribbean who is studying at the University of Winnipeg,” he explained. “Through that relationship that we had, she visited Dominica and as a result of the visit here she felt very much that the Territory could be one of the areas that the University could use in its annual International Attachment program for students.”

According to him he was excited about the program.

“She went back to Canada and she met with the University persons who contacted me and they were very excited themselves about having an area in the Caribbean that they could have had an international attachment,” he stated.

At present two students from the university are on attachment with in Kalinago territory.

“We decided that we would ask them for persons with interest in indigenous land management and they sent us a young man for eight weeks,” Auguiste noted. “The young lady has a financial background and we wanted her to spend some time with us and advise us on how we access credit as Kalinago people in Dominica.”

Based on that, Auguiste noted, he hopes to contact different financial institutions to find out what is their policy as it relates to the Kalinago Territory since those who live there do not have land as collateral for loans.

“We will probably look at that and hoping that information collected from that will put us in a position to formulate a proposal to submit to the government or an Non Governmental Organization to establish a financial facility specifically for the Kalinago people of Dominica,” he said.

He also revealed that the university is prepared to sponsor a part scholarship for a Kalinago student who would be willing to be a part of that program in September 2015.


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  1. watching??
    June 5, 2014

    this presen concoucil is composed of past chief and councillors yet they remaid so divived are they really serios in moving this place forward?? take adrive form end to end SOS!!!

  2. Me
    June 5, 2014

    The Kalinago chief and others who hold keys positions in the territory…are too keen on allowing foreigners in the territory. People who come with their own agenda and not for the betterment of the Kalinago people. The only people they refuse is their very own black dominicans brothers and sisters

  3. JK
    June 4, 2014

    I am confused here because Canada has its own problem/s with its First Nations people why not establish relationships with their own by making their lives better before exploring other First Nations?

  4. Concerned
    June 4, 2014

    Well, isn’t this programme an initiative of the Kalinago Council? Mr. Auguiste is trying to promote himself, like is his initiative, such an impressionist, speaks well to convince you but has absolutely not a clue to actually achieve anything. And doesn’t everyone know the policies of the financial institutions re loans for Kalinagos? Does he intend to reinvent the wheel. He has been Chief and councillor all his public life. Bring something new to the table.

    • Zanndoli
      June 4, 2014

      These negative tear-down remarks for anyone who tries to do any good for this country. So even if he has not been able to do anything in the past dont you think he is due for a success story? Why deny your brother that?

  5. concerned citizen
    June 4, 2014

    You were chief for 10 years, you have been active on the council for 15 consecutive years, tell us what have you brought to the territory in all those years,

  6. Anonymous
    June 4, 2014

    Congrats, Mr. Auguiste! You’ve worked hard with your people. Continue to do great things. I love hearing positive vibes for my Kalinago people.

  7. Ezra
    June 3, 2014

    This is very good for the Kalinago people and Dominica on a whole.

  8. Voice
    June 3, 2014

    You do mean on “attachment” don’t you? how can it be detachment? They are detaching from University of Winnipeg?

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