NYCD: Kalinago History Week 2014

kalinagoOne of the core activities forming part of the NYCD’s 2013-2015 Work-plan is the facilitation a program of activities in observance of Black History Month. Black History Month is celebrated in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and several Caribbean countries, in remembrance of important milestones, people and events in the history of the African Diaspora.

In 2014, the NYCD in partnership with the Ministry of Carib Affairs, the Kalinago Chief – Mr. Garnet Joseph and the Cultural Division shall introduce “Kalinago History Week” as a signature event forming part of Black History Month in Dominica.

The collaborating partners plan to observe ‘Kalinago History Week’ from February 10th-14th, 2014, through advocacy and educational activities, fieldtrips and civil society dialogue on the history as well as the culture of the Kalinago People.

More specifically, Kalinago History Week will feature the following activities:

  1. Public Message by Kalinago Chief Mr. Garnet Joseph: 10-02-14.
  2. Media Blitz.
  3. Kalinago History Week School Assembly the Castle Bruce Secondary School: 10-02-14.
  4. Two (2) School Based Educational Sessions on Kalinago history and culture.
  5. A field-trip to the Kalinago Territory including visits to the L’escalier Tete Chien and the Kalinago Barana Aute: 11-02-14.
  6. Kalinago History Online Quiz.
  7. Message by Kalinago Youth Representative Ms. Narissa Auguiste: 14-02-14.

The NYCD is therefore seeking your support in highlighting activities forming part of Kalinago History Week 2014. In that regard please find an attached copy of the Public Message from the Kalinago Chief on the occasion of “Kalinago History Week 2014” as well as a Promotional Poster for your consideration.

For further information please consider the following contact information:



Telephone No.

Email Address

Jahisiah BenoitPresident


Nadege Roach1st Vice President


Delroy WilliamsGeneral Secretary


Felicia PierrePulicity Coordinator


Narissa AuguisteKalinago Youth Rep.



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  1. February 12, 2014

    absolutely wonderful,the kalinago peoples have a very profound history,i am very pleased to see that the NYC has embraced this unique peoples,great stuff.

  2. Native & indigenous
    February 11, 2014

    while it is important to note that Africans slaves shared some precious moments together with the indigenous kalinago, since our ancestors assisted the maroons in their struggles to find freedom but from these early days till now we have gone down two separate paths in life.
    kalinago has now turned out to be the slave of the country and the sons of the slave happens to be the new colonial master.
    The objective of the new colonial master is to integrate the indigenous people within the black society and claim one black nation, in their terms one Nation, one flag one people.this is called assimilation.
    Chief Garnette Joseph is so blind to the happenings he is using black history week to assist black man assimilate us , but is not willing to celebrate the day of our freedom when the kalinago territory was officially recognized, (July 4th 1903)is it because he is more black than indigenous?
    In a nutshell we are not black; period. we are native and indigenous.

  3. You know
    February 11, 2014

    Great work!

  4. Indigenous
    February 11, 2014

    This is interesting, but it seems that only the Kalinago Chief and the NYCD knows about this activity. Kalinago History Week and no Kalinago is aware? what a calamity.

  5. Interested
    February 10, 2014

    Excellent initiative. Good to see the NYC embrace the Kalinagos

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