Skerrit addresses opening ceremony of Kalinago Economic Summit: an ‘exciting time’ for indigenous people around the world; nomination of Burton is sealed

Mr. Skerrit addressing the opening ceremony

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has told the Kalinago people that the nomination of Mrs. Sylvanie Burton to serve as President of Dominica must serve as a motivation for all.

His comment came while addressing the opening ceremony of the Kalinago Economic Summit held at the Salybia Kalinago Barana Aute on Wednesday.

The activity formed part of Kalinago Week observed from September 16- 23.

“I do not want us to underestimate and undervalue the identification of a Kalinago person and a woman at that to hold the highest office in our country,” he said. “This must serve as a motivation for all of us, not only the Kalinago Territory, but all of us.”

He continued, “This is an exciting time for indigenous people across the world that an indigenous person in Dominica will be recognized and identified as our head of state.”

According to the Prime Minister, he has submitted to the Speaker of the House all documents as required by the constitution to formalize the candidacy and nomination of Mrs. Burton as the Presidential nominee for Dominica.

“Once the Lord gives us life, we will be in Parliament on the 27th of September to elect the President of Dominica.”

“This is an opportune time for us to build from what we have achieved and we are achieving, and how do we achieve more? How do we take advantage of what we have to a greater benefit?”

As previously announced, Mrs. Burton, 58, from Salybia, Kalinago Territory has served as permanent secretary in various ministries since 2014. She has served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of Community Development, Foreign Affairs, Trade, Youth and Social Services, and holds a current position as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Rural Modernization, Kalinago Upliftment, and Constituency Empowerment.

She also previously served as a development officer in the Ministry of Kalinago Affairs and held the position of District Development Officer (DDO) for an extended period.

The mother of two brings 25 years of experience as a Justice of the Peace and has dedicated over two decades as a lay associate in the Roman Catholic Church. Mrs. Burton’s educational background includes a master’s degree in Project Management and a bachelor’s degree in Rural Development.

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  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    September 25, 2023

    Yes there are crimes in Los Angeles, but what is the population of Los Angeles?

    I bet you do not know; so here it is:
    Los Angeles city, California. Population Estimates, July 1, 2022 3,822,238. People. Population Estimates, July 1, 2022, …
    Population per square mile, 2010: 8,092.3
    Population per square mile, 2020: 8,304.2
    I am sure the population has grown since!

    At the last official United States census carried out in 2020, the population of California was declared at 39,538,223 which makes the state the most populous by a wide margin over 2nd place Texas (29 million). Much of the population is centered in several large cities.
    In the Commonwealth of Dominica, the population is less than thirty thousand people; the murder ratio per capita is alarming; as recently as last Friday morning two people were murdered in cold blood in a rum drinking shop, or club, in any event you have more murders in Dominica, in one year than the moths of the year!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      September 26, 2023

      September 23, 2023
      “We are unstoppable. Are all aboard? The train is moving toward victory by next weekend. Our eyes are already open. Skerrit is doing a great job as always. Are you alluding to Los Angeles, no way up, no way forward? Crimes are amuck in Los Angeles – no way up, no way forward.”

      ds, Mr. Dog feces my response should have followed this bit of rubbish of yours!

      Have a nice day under whichever rock you are hiding, kissing up to Roosevelt while he take Dominica treasury, and the passports proceeds to the cleaners. I wonder how you are unable to say: identify which state within the United States you reside.

      I am a Dominica Wesley country bookie boy come to California oui; living in Los Angeles oui!
      Where are you?
      You can’t even say where you are hiding.

      • Wesley Girl
        September 28, 2023

        You are not only a Wesley country bookie but you are also a LA country bookie. Have you fixed your rusty old galvanise roof yet?

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  2. If we knew better
    September 25, 2023

    what he not telling you is that he is now going to use the Kalinago people to get more money for himself. For ages the kalinago have been forgotten and casted aside. After Maria he realized that there are billions of dollars available for indigenous people and for nations turning towards sustainable living. We recieved so much money for the latter, we even established CREAD. But alas, what have we gained as a nation? as a people? Nothing is worth. Now is time to use the Kalinago. use them and fool them. Mrs. Burton will be the face of this abuse. I hope the Kalinago have gotten smart and dont sell the territory for a few pieces of silver, already the idea of a territory/reserve itself was a slap in the face for the nation’s first people.

  3. Taniya
    September 25, 2023

    Skerrit, what on earth are you talking about? You clearly live in place of fantasy, that bears absolutely no resemblance with Dominica. You are one shameless individual if I’ve ever seen one. Get out of my face.

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  4. Crazy Ballhead
    September 24, 2023

    In the Caribs territory? For these people a speech was not quite necessary to have them all vote for you. A shoot of 90% alcohol proof would do the job. Oh! Okay. That will wait for the day before vote is cast and you have them all. I don’t understand why the Carib people should participate in any government elections. Don’t they have their chief, nuh? But they are feeling the squeeze now that tourists are not making the round anymore. Nothing attractive up there. I really don’t see why they would welcome Roosevelt in the bamboo house. He should stand outside in the laboo. When you are in need you kiss 💋… Butt-er-fly. You know what I mean 😪

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  5. Craftsman
    September 23, 2023

    These kalinago people used to make bow and arrow.

  6. Ibo France
    September 22, 2023

    Francisco, I abhor the term Carib Indians and Arawak Indians. These European mass murderers sailed around the world conquering lands for the kings and queens of their countries.

    It is said that Christopher Columbus took the wrong route to try to get to India from Europe and ended up in the Americas. Every set of indigenous people they conquered they called them Indians – Carib Indian, Arawak Indian, Red Indian, Maya Indian, Aztec Indian. The fact is that all these people did not have one drop of Indian blood in their blood vessels.

    • Not again
      September 25, 2023

      Hello! Is Roosevelt a European? Let’s focus on the ills that Roosevelt is causing which is worse than the ills Europe has caused. Roosevelt has stolen more money from the poor people and Dominica than all the wealth extracted from Dominica by the colonialists. This is a fact. At this time we don’t need a history course. What we need is: Electoral Reform.

  7. Lin clown
    September 22, 2023

    You are right Ibo,except it is your head that is buried in a pit toilet.You are too blind to see.For 23 years you have been talking the same BS.Dominicans know what happened to Dominica after Maria,you are an enemy of the state.Dominicans look at your comments as that of a blind,lying, lazy,frustrated and confused loser,wasting time on something you want to change and cannot change

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  8. Ibo France
    September 22, 2023

    One of the dumbest animals is an ostrich. Are Dominicans ostriches? For 19 years, the citizens are given delectable promises which are riddled with falsehoods by a pathological LIAR. But the most unbelievable thing is many still believes what emanates off his deceitful tongue.

    These promises of ‘reset’, ‘exciting times’ and other empty rhetoric still seem to resonate with the ostriches living from hand to mouth in the country. These pathetic scallywags have their heads perpetually buried deep under the ground.

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    • September 23, 2023

      Her appointment is sealed. Did you hear what the Supreme Leader said? Her appointment is sealed. What parts of speech of the English Language you did not comprehend? You did it for Handbag; you failed. You are now doing it for Annette and you will soon fail. Are you a hardheaded mule? Your messages do not resonate at Election time. When will you get it, my friend?

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  9. dissident
    September 22, 2023

    have your lollipop Skerrit!!!!

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    • September 23, 2023

      Where can I get me a lollipop or my boy lollipop? I need one also. He makes my heart so giddy up. He sets the world on fire. My boy lollipop.

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  10. Ibo France
    September 22, 2023

    This is typical Roosevelt. The man has painted the most beauteous picture of the future of Dominica for the last nineteen years, but in reality, resident Dominicans are forced to endure deprivation and austerity under his guardianship.

    This statement to the Kalinago people about ‘exciting time’ ahead is unrealistic. With massive unemployment, unlivable wages, diminishing agriculture productivity, frequent electricity outages, increasing political polarization, the future looks dire. It will be many generations before the damage done by Star boy of Stupidity can be rectified, if ever.

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      September 22, 2023

      I don’t know when the eyes of those people in Dominica, and those who accepts his free flight home to vote for him, will open to see what this man has done to the country?

      With Roosevelt Skerrit as prime minister of Dominica, I see no way up, nor no way forward!
      The nation is in a spiraling down daily, while he talks!

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      • Ibo France
        September 22, 2023

        Truth that cannot be condemned. Francisco, you are 10 000% accurate.

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      • September 23, 2023

        We are unstoppable. Are all aboard? The train is moving toward victory by next weekend. Our eyes are already open. Skerrit is doing a great job as always. Are you alluding to Los Angeles, no way up, no way forward? Crimes are amuck in Los Angeles – no way up, no way forward.

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      • Lin clown
        September 25, 2023

        The Kalinago people are smart.UWP treated them like dirt.Read the comment of ballhead that is how all UWP supporters think about the Kalinago people,NO RESPECT.

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  11. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    September 22, 2023

    That boy Roosevelt must run off his stupid mouth talking some bull, when he has absolutely no clue of what he is talking about; all he is trying to do is to prove to the the shallow minded followers that he is smart!
    There are indigenous people such as the Carib Indians of Dominica and other parts of the Americas; so if he wish to celebrate them I would be happy to help him celebrate; since my roots originate in Sineku on the Carib reservation.
    In America “the second Monday in October, a holiday in the United States that honors the Indigenous peoples of the Americas and celebrates their history and culture: In many states and other localities, the holiday is variously observed in place of Columbus Day or along with it.”
    So, smart-a..; Roosevelt name all the places in Europe, Africa, and your birth place China: name the place where they are clown.
    Tell us of your indigenous relatives in China; I know you gat dem in France eh, since you born in France too!

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