Govt’s performance in Kalinago Territory to be scrutinized tonight

Minister Ashton Graneau

The government’s performance in the Kalinago Territory is expected to be placed under the microscope when the 7th People’s Parliament gets underway there tonight.

“We will do an assessment of the then years of the Dominica Labour Party role in the Kalinago Territory, what they have achieved and what they have failed to deliver on,” he said.

Sanford said the performance of the incumbent Parliamentary Representative Ashton Graneau will also be scrutinized.

“We need to look at what he has done for the year and what are some of the things that we need him to look at,” Sanford said.

The United Workers Party, he said, will also look at their plans for that community “as well as the projects that were rejected by the DLP”.

According to Sanford, little attention has been placed on the craft industry in the Kalinago Territory and that too well be addressed.

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42 Comments

  1. john bess
    January 29, 2011

    The only real development happened under the U.W.P and Mr.Francois Barrie,the Kalinago model village,pipe borne water,upgrade of the Atkinson and jolly john playing field.During this short stint of real representation,a glimmer of hope began to appear,as for now,we are being neglected,and mislead by the most lazy government we have seen.we have some many intellectuals,who have refuse to return to the territory because,its a wasteland,where only the strong can survive,long live the KALINAGO NATION !

  2. looking over DA
    January 28, 2011

    @shew u chatting …,what can u say they have dont for the people, talk the truth, the man time done pass, what has he achieve for himself nothing, so shut up, all u put them there, feel the heat. give the young man a chance to make his contribution,and @M_A show the kalinago people some damm respect, the should should leave ur ass, no respect for her to

  3. Concerned Citizen
    January 28, 2011

    I wonder if some people really read what they say, i wonder if people really believe in God the creator when they go to church on Sundays. If we cannot make it right with people we cannot make it right with God and its time we ask each other’s forgiveness. Remember folks that there are other people reading DNO who are not Dominicans. Dominica is poor and the scarce resources we have we cannot give everybody. Its either we invest in big capital investments or we give everybody a piece of the cake. The political partyies have no difference ideologically except emotional. We need a peace rally for the political parties. we need to move on, this constant fight is not doing our country any good. and finally remember we cannot get away from God even if we think we fool the people. Its time to get it right with people and forgive the wrongs and let God deal with it. We simply need to come together to make our island the nature isle of the caribbean.

  4. concerned citizen
    January 28, 2011

    The supposedly discoverers of Dominica have fed us with a bunch of lies. The greedy bastards came to claim what they did not work for. They enslaved and worked the Awrawaks to death. Obviously the Caribs could not allow them to do the same to them, so they resisted, What came out of that, they were branded canibals and savages. We always know Caribs are very shy, but hard working people, I guess it comes from their lack of trust of the other people who always ill-treated them. Dominicans always refer to shy people as “kwayib”, Some people behave as if politics just started 10 years ago. What happened before the year 2000? Who did anything for the caribs? If the others were so good, why wasn’t their standard of living elevated?

    Check the history of the north american indians. When the europeans came the wickedness the did to them, after taking their land and way of life. They are the poorest people in the u.s.a on a reserve in a forgotten area of this thriving nation.

    That is what happened in Dominica when they took roseau from the caribs. Where was Skerrit when all this was taking place? These people have always been a forgotten group so stop politiking everything and advise them how to empower themselves and better their living cnditions.

  5. simple
    January 27, 2011

    have Given up on Domincans….they talk way too much gabbage have no actions…

    and when the elections are called in June….skero will still get rum up and buy those clouded folks..

    dominicans have shown that they are weak in all aspects….they cant get a corrupted regime out of office…there isnt any hope at all churches are bought and packaged…

    in the end this island is failed nothing works…just take a look at how backwards and and non productive they are…on entering the Melville hall airport…what has so call daspa done..

    look at the entrance gate,look at the bridge and that shows you how dominicans are….
    marigot hospital entrance road is in way rubbish state…see how blind again arriving into roseau they have a 2008 independance sign still up…

    dominica lacks class and its just a typical waste…brought about by 11 years of the most corrupted regime under labour……sucks to the damm bone…..

  6. in reserve
    January 27, 2011

    Boy mister doe doing nothing for de reserve. Look like reserve doe have no pal rep, everything in de place is a mess. Labour come and just buy my fellow kalinago brothers and sisiters, but let me tell dem something when u see election come around next time they getting a kck in their behind. Its hight time kalinago people open their eyes and see what is going on. Our roads are in poor shap and nothing is being done by ashton to get his government to put a helping hand. All he does is just dress up, put on a big red tie and say labour power. All of them dat vote for him and labour id dem dat crying and saying oh how things hard, well take it, is that u wanted..

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2011

      i support u strongly. As a concerned youth our parl rep is not using the opportunity he has to implementa change such as job creation which is very high among our youth.

    • c c
      January 28, 2011

      1st of all d kalinago ppl kne well dat ashton couldnt represent them..& they still put him there..i am not politiacal but when i stand and hear ppl sayin dat if is a dog dat go up 4 labour they will still vote it..i just must smile and shake my head, cuz dats jus as low as the kalinago bring themselves..they will b abondon for 4 yrs, but on d 5th yr skerit comes n bring a $100.00 for them, they will still jump labour power..kwayib pwe tout tan wed lah..sa konsa zor vlay.

    • Kalinago Resident
      January 30, 2011

      go and ask the council what they doing with the money that they getting from government which includes some for road maintainence. What are the other parties doing? Ha their future canidate doh care a dam bout Kalinago.

  7. observer
    January 27, 2011

    my last comment was historic. If is not allowed, my first does not make much sencse

  8. observer
    January 27, 2011

    For years, I have been buying craft from the Carib area and send to my many friends overseas, lately, the things that I see mostly on offer is craft from China with Dominica slapped all over them, at the bottom, made in China.
    I ask you. What has happened to the once beautiful Carib craft? Why, if the China craft has a better finishing touch can the powers that be not ask China to teach the fine art in the territory instead of letting it die only to sell those belonging to China.
    If we continue this way, Dog will soon be on many restaurant menus here.
    Watch it.

  9. Aaaaa
    January 27, 2011

    Lets get this straight. Kalinago weren’t the first. Arawaks were the first and were brutally killed by the caribs.

    Secondly, this is 2011. There are about 75,000 Dominicans and many of them poor. Go tarish pit, Fond Cole, in the middle Roseau etc and see all those hungry balck people there that need special treatment. Thos caribs need to use their skills and create money for their community.

    There isn’t anything special or different between they and the hardworking poor black people in DA. Oh yeah now I can think of a difference. The black people in DA have been building this country up for years first with the banana industry. Black people in DA have bring this country from nothing to something. Dominica can now boast thats its the nature island because black people who were onced brutally enslaved helped bring it to where it is today. Why do blacks in DA continue to make Carib people think they protect Dominica is baffling to me.

    Lastly, haven’t noticed that races or ethnicities who want special treatment seem to be keeping their ownselves back? If you say you are hardworking and equal to your fellow citizens then work like them. Don’t beg for special treatment. This is 2011 all this rubbish is redundant. Work hard Play hard and stop begging for handouts!

    • observer
      January 27, 2011

      partly true, but i donot think we should try to belittle them. To date, they are the most historical part of Dominica’s history, because the Artawacs are no more. They are what we have like it or not.

      • Aaaaa
        January 28, 2011

        My paternal grandmother is carib. I have nothing aganist Caribs. I saw my grandmother get her butt out of the reserve and make something of her self. As she always say, ain’t nobody going to make her settle on some “piece of acre” when she deserved more. History is there to tell the story of her ancestors. But we live for today and we can only fix today! American Indians are poor and their stories are similar because they stayed on the pieces of acre called a reservation that the white man men forced them on. They forget Carib people and the only way to remind them is to walk amongst them! Don’t settle if you deserve more! Don’t wait for the majority population to give you! Most likely they won’t and they are quite happy that you decide to stay on the “piece of acre” they forced you on.

        I stand by that so next DNO article please !!!

    • worried dominican
      January 28, 2011

      your a complete idiot

    • Nac Vibes
      January 28, 2011

      Humble yourself Rasta.

    • Kalinago Resident
      January 30, 2011

      Amen to that. i am happy u realize that to make a name for ourselves we have to go out of the Kalinago Territory all because of the foolish and obsolete clauses entailedin the Carib Act that have not been amendent since lannnay carnal. it is time that we stop this shit of culture and sacrficing our development for something we lost generations ago.

  10. yout
    January 27, 2011
  11. shew
    January 27, 2011

    i think this government has done for us , but as always we are never satisfy in this country.i also think that the pal rep has to step up this game …. let make a big difference .
    there are number of resourceful persons in the hamlet he resides… there are young doctors nurses…. let bring them on board , let make use of them . mr. pal rep stay strong don,t allow sandford and the others to mess you up ……. be strong we expect great things from you

  12. HELP KALINAGO survive
    January 27, 2011

    KALINAGO brothers and sisters are the FIRST People in Dominica. They fought bitter struggles against the colonialists who tried to decimate them. They tried to destroy their way of life in all aspects. The missionaries came, handed them bibles, introduced them to Christianity, while at the same time they took their land, sided with the colonialists and aided and abetted numerous atrocities committed against the entire Kalinago people. History is replete with the abominable crimes done to those brave warriors.

    Because of Dominica’s ruggedness and favourable terrain, Kalinago resisted, living off the fertile land. They were a peaceful people and still are. They consistently fought for their RIGHTS as a people who discovered Dominica. They fought side by side with the ‘NEGRE MAWONS’ our black brothers and sisters. They taught them how to fight against and resist the greedy, murderous Slave Masters.

    Dominica could now boast of ‘Dominica, the Nature Isle’ because of their love, protection and conservation of their environment. Kalinago were truly NATURALISTS. How comes today, Kalinago people are one of the POOREST communities in Dominica? WHY? WHY? WE should show more gratitude and respect for our FIRST PEOPLE. They DESERVE IT.

    Frankly, Govt.needs to do much more for the sustainable development of Kalinago. Govt.s incompetence has caused Kalinago to be more and more dependent on ‘HANDOUTS. Kalinago Territory was once a vibrant agricultural community, now farmers are bawling. Absolutely NOTHING significant has been done to boost up agriculture, our the Craft Industry and to lift the standard of living of those proud, hard-working people.

    While those politicians presently in Govt., while Skerritt and others have amassed massive wealth quickly while in Public Office and through dubious means, an entire Kalinago community becomes POORER and POORER day by day. What has happened to Kalinago beautiful arts and craft works? What has happened to Agriculture in that area? .Dominicans please TREAT KALINAGO better than that PLEASESEEEEEE. Govt. has failed our First People miserably. Stop abandoning the DISCOVERERS of our Land. They are PEOPLE TOO.

    • Aaaaa
      January 27, 2011

      It have poor people in newtown, roseau, coulibistrie, st.joe, wesley, possie, soufriere and scotts head, , grandbay. I could go o but I guess my point is you should be fighting to uplift every Dominican not one set. The govt hasn’t only forgotten Caribs (I question that) but have forgotten the mass population of Dominicans. Many who are poor. It bugs me that in this Day people still encouraging people to get handouts. Everyday some race attacks black people and tell them work stop wanting people to give you things. For years Black people work and build this country. It really bugs me when people like you come on here acting like one race should get special treatment because they came here SECOND! Arawaks weren’t treated nicely by the caribs. The Caribs are skilled at crafts. These people should have more than one representative who go and network intelligently with the right people to get their products elsewhere for sale. I go to places like target, walmart, in the airport duty free shops, malls, bed,bath & beyond etc here in the states and see low quality baskets, straw hats and other goods that the caribs can make. I’m not saying they will be able to supply thousands of stores with these products but I believe with the right carib person not sitting down there waiting for handout they can network, create, market and sell their crafts easily for a profit to the right retailer for the right price.

      If the Carib people are fighting for education I support them. If the carib people don’t have a primary school and high school available to them I support them in getting this done. If they aren’t being accepted into the State College because they Carib and the carib protests I support those caribs. But anything other than that is a hand out! We should work hard for what we want. There black citizens poor as well. Black people didn’t ask to come to the west. You think black people were on a cruise or something and just ended up here? You talk about the caribs defending dominica like black people hard a chance to do it at that time and didn’t.

      You said it yourself “because of the ruggedness and terrain” helped keep Dominica away form columbus. So all this hype right now about the caribs doing this and that doesn’t make no sense because the land of Dominica was essentially what assisted both caribs and blacks.

      The next time you commenting why don’t you use black people and not “negre mawons” ?!!! Work hard no bloody handouts!!!!!!

      • M_A
        January 27, 2011

        I strongly agree with you Aaaaaa. We all hold Dominican passports and all should be treated as equals. The law is for everyone. It is time for some of our Kalinago people to realise and understand this. No special treatment! If a black Dominican cannot settle in Kalinago Reserve, then Kalingoes should not be allowed to settle anywhere else in Dominica except Kalinago Reserve. This is pure segregation and racism, some of them need to stop this nonsense. I’m a black man and my wife is a Kalingo woman and our child of course is mixed. I pray the day he is educated, he will put some of these racists in their place God’s willing.

        All Dominicans involved despite their religion, race or background must work together to eradicate ills from each societies and stop the psychobabbles. Kalinago discovered Dominica FIRST what!

      • Focus
        January 27, 2011

        The People’s Parliament will be held in Kalinago territory as the article mentioned. That is why the comments and emphasis was on kalinago. The attempt was not to discriminate or forget the history, the struggles of Black people. The focus was in relation to what happened, what is or is not happening and what could be done to enhance kalinago like putting more into the agriculture and craft industries. You all totally misunderstood the essence of the comments. Were it not the same colonialists who wrote the story about Kalinago being cannibals, eating human beings and they were the cause of the plight of the Arawaks? Relax and take time to read and understand the written word before pouncing with useless enraged emotions. Nowhere in the comments that mention was made of giving kalinago special treatment? So why the confusion and misrepresentation?

        • M_A
          January 28, 2011

          @ Focus: The views expressed by the commentor involved racism and arrogance and some of the Kalingo people need to stop this nonsense, clear and simple!

    • observer
      January 27, 2011

      KALINAGO people were not the first here. They drove away the timid people whom they met here.

  13. Bug for Bug
    January 27, 2011

    What do u expect to come from the “cabaway parliament” – a set of rubbish about what government have not done and what they should do. What the government has done in the Carib Reserve was reflected in the blows Sandford (think he alone from Kalinago intelligent) got during the last election. The most workers can do now is blah, blah, blah!!! Look now Edisson trying to fake an assination attempt. How low!!!

    • c c
      January 28, 2011

      sanford is sure not d smartest but ashton isnt close to being as smart as sanford is..so if u want to comment, y dont u say someting more senseble, rather than tryin to downpress sanford?..

  14. Pepper
    January 27, 2011

    What type of SCRUTINY is expected, anyway! We all expect negative criticism.

  15. WIKILEAKS
    January 27, 2011

    DNO,

    If Trevor Johnson and his uwp team were not hacking, how did Trevor and Lennox were able to get email from a woman in CA (The Architect) to Supriya, and how did lennox and Trevor able to get the PM personal bank info, how did lennox and Trevor got all these emails they keep reading on air.. Are the MPs hacking personal emails too or the Senoir Public Officials doing that…or are they paying Trevor and lennox to hack for them?

    DNO, sometime you have to play Devils advocate and ask the hard hitting questions…not just let someone rant and rave, especially when you are doing the interview.

    NOTE: don’t let Trevor destroy your site’s credibility…Alot of us know much more and much better

    • Nac Vibes
      January 28, 2011

      If Trevor is hacking i’m glad, at least we get to know about all your lying and tiefing. You would just love us to go away would’nt you , but guess what we gonna be blazing de faya hot on your a-s.

  16. Looking in from the outside.
    January 27, 2011

    Ashton man, i mean we are family, your mum is my aunt, but it seems you are going down the same road, to nowhere, as your bro Kelly did.

    Time to put the constituency on the front burner if any progress is to be done and achieved.
    Common, after all, you are a retired teacher. You can do do something.
    You know people of this constituency don’t give any one party a second chance if they ‘mal kaway’. But because the people has been constantly fooled with ‘goodies’, you guys continue to win. As i see it, it’s just a matter of time and you’ll be looking for a new job if performance is not done.
    I don’t support any one party, i am just there to work with anyone who is interested in making this a better place to live and not only for their pockets.

    • WIKILEAKS
      January 27, 2011

      Looking from the outside, Ashton’s Mom is not your Aunty…you to dam lie. If that was the case he would be your 1st cousin. Why don’t you have a face to face talk with the man and tell him of the problems you see from your side from the outside. But if you keep going to people parliament and not talking to your rep you are a lost cause.

      No go look for your cousin and stop following him on DNO

      • Looking in from the outside.
        January 27, 2011

        Hey Wiki…He’s not my first cousin, but my second. In truth and in fact, his mom is my grand aunt, but we all say aunt,,,so no biggie.
        Having a face to face talk with him doesn’t make a difference, for when el supremo talk, all the others hush. So as long as we have a dictator as leader,,,no man can talk as they wish.
        Also, i am not able to attend any function as i am out of state,,,as my name states….Looking in from the outside, but is still willing to work towards the betterment of my people.
        God bless you.

        • hmmm
          January 28, 2011

          I have to say that you do not know Ashton. If you did you would know that his not a dictator or el supremo. You may not support the party however do not try and make him out to be a person he is not. He is a good man.

      • john bess
        January 28, 2011

        When it comes to development it doesn’t matter,if asston is his brother,let the peoples parliament educate the kalinagoes.

    • c c
      January 28, 2011

      guess lookin fr d outside is just sayin dat under skerit ashton is like a lil boy

  17. WIKILEAKS
    January 27, 2011

    Sanford, I am bringing my Mahaut Whiskey for you…then you can perform, quadrille, Hill and Toe, Mazook…even Bouyon

    • Looking in from the outside.
      January 27, 2011

      Wiki— Sanford is not like you. He wont be sold nor be bought. Hold all you Mahaut Whiskey for the likes of you. And start showing some respect to bigger people. I suspect you are one who spends a lot of time in “The Lab” in Mahaut. Stay just there.

      • jabo
        January 27, 2011

        looking in, you seem to be quite familiar with the lab. i wonder why

        • PAIN
          January 27, 2011

          Because you all guys always go around de LAB to do science experiment.

        • Looking in from the outside.
          January 28, 2011

          haha…every Dominican and a lot of foreigners know about it…no big deal

    • john bess
      January 28, 2011

      sorry,if blackmoore your whiskey,mr.sanford needs tonic and fresh vegetables so he can be strong to lead.

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