On Monday April 24th 2017, ex-Chief Irvince Auguiste of the Kalinago Tribal Nation of Dominica, read a well received and perfectly delivered statement at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; 16th Session.
The statement was about the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Irvince Auguiste was the youngest Chief in the history of the Kalinago Tribal Nation of Dominica, he also became their most famous Chief since the great Chief Jolly John who dared to rise up in JUSTIFIED rebellion to the might of the Colonial British Empire in Dominica in 1930, when he defied the Neo-Colonial might of the the Government of Dominica in 1984 that tried to overthrow him....and the fearless support for Irvince demonstrated back then by current Kalinago Chief Charles Williams (who rallied the people behind their Chief) AND the unbiased regional & International media who gave Chief Auguiste's side of the story - was instrumental in Irvince's eventual victory....as the United States Embassy got involved and mediated for the sake of peace.
Today, the Governments of Dominica now bestow an official Diplomatic Passport on the Kalinago Chief ( a FIRST in the World!), so peaceful and equitable progress has certainly been made in some respects....even though much more CAN easily be done - once there is political will...a positive first step would be for the government of Dominica to REMOVE the current Police Station from ON Kalinago Territory - where it was ILLEGALLY PLACED ACCORDING TO INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW CONCERNING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, AS THE KALINAGO COUNCIL NEVER REQUESTED A GOVERNMENT POLICE STATION ON THEIR AUTONOMOUS TERRITORY - Which is what Kalinago Territory IS under INternational Law, it is NOT property of the Dominica government so they have NO RIGHT to impose their presence anywhere on Kalinago Territory...the reader should note that some years ago Kalinagos were PEACEFULLY protesting outside this same Police Station and one murdering criminal in a Dominica Police uniform shot and murdered one of the kalinago male protesters in cold blood AND GOT AWAY WITH HIS CRIME AS HE WAS MERELY MOVED TO ANOTHER STATION, NO JUSTICE WHATSOEVER WAS DONE IN THAT CASE....this only PROVES why the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) says NO Government can legally impose its police or military presence on any indigenous territory without the FREE PRIOR AND INFORMED CONSENT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE TRIBAL NATION INVOLVED.
Irvince was in New York attending the 16th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at UN Headquarters, as a student of the Tribal Link Foundation Project Access Training Program; it is taught by world famous and respected Indigenous Rights expert Andrea Carmen of the International Indian Treaty Council/IITC, and co-mentored by Ghazali Ohorela (Alifaru), Damon Corrie (Lokono-Arawak), Tai Pellicier (Taino-Arawak), and Victor Anthony Lopez-Carmen (Yaqui & Lakota).
Irvince Auguiste (far right top row) is a co-founder & co-President of * The Caribbean Amerindian Development Organization - which was conceptualised by graduates of the Tribal Link Project Access Training Program at the United Nations - Damon Gerard Corrie (Lokono-Arawak) and Tai Pellicier (Taino-Arawak), and officially co-founded by 4 others - Roberto Mukaro Borrero (Taino-Arawak), Irvince Auguiste (Kalinago), Shirling Simon Corrie (Lokono-Arawak), and Florence Auguiste (Kalinago). It has 3 Co-Presidents - each representing one of the 3 main PRE-1492 Amerindian first nations of the Caribbean (Taino-Arawak, Kalinago & Lokono-Arawak).
THE CARIBBEAN AMERINDIAN DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION READS A COLLABORATIVE CONTRIBUTION PRODUCED WITH INDIGENOUS ALLIES FROM 6 REGIONS OF THE WORLD - AT THE UNITED NATIONS PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES - 16th SESSION
Start at 39 mins to find our Caribbean Amerindian Development Organization( CADO) Co-founder & Co-President Irvince Auguiste of Dominica who read our Tribal Link Project Access group statement.