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Dominica Country Conference seeks to develop platform for strengthening of creole culture – Dominica News Online

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Chief Technical Officer in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Roland Royer

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, is hosting its third country conference, under the theme “Creole as a Cultural Heritage: Framing, Strengthening and Advocating.”

The conference is set to take place over the course of two days, and will focus on advancing creole heritage, Dominica’s culture and tourism, and Kalinago people.

Chief Technical Officer in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Roland Royer, commended the work of the Open Campus in preserving and advancing Dominican culture, dubbing the conference “timely and certainly beneficial.”

“This country conference provides us with a most important platform to bring to the floor a subject of immense significance to evolving civilization… The growth of our Dominican civilization has its roots and antecedence in the multi-ethnic nature of its population and society, and the diverse and dynamic nature of our culture and heritage,” he explained. “As proud beneficiaries of this amazing country, we owe a debt of gratitude to our ancestors who struggled and fought to preserve what we have today. This struggle for national identity, it is rooted mainly in our creole sensibility, elements of which are highlighted in many aspects of our culture has helped to pull our society together, and give us peace and stability in this long struggle against colonialism and neo-colonialism.”

Royer insisted that it is necessary to cultivate a better understanding of creole and its profound influence on Dominican culture.

“Our creole culture is rooted in our various influences and many elements that have impacted our small-island state over the centuries. It is not always well-understood and not fully appreciated by many of us. There is clearly a need for us to have a better understanding of those impacts and how best we can utilize them to create a peaceful and just society. This country conference is, therefore, uniquely placed to help us recognize the value and value of this national endeavor on spirit,” he stated. “As we look to build a modern and dynamic society, it is, therefore, incumbent on us to examine closely how we are best able to integrate many critical aspects of culture and heritage to our national development efforts.”

Violet Cuffy, PhD

Senior Lecturer at the University of the Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom (UK), Dr. Violet Cuffy, described the conference as a platform to explore creole culture in all its variations.

“… We seek to understand each other’s representations of various creole dimensions and retain a common and unified paradigm for the work of our proposed network. The aim here is to develop a platform on which future representations of the creole culture can be strengthened and advanced as it continues to evolve from one era and/or generation to the next,” she stated. “We recognize that the creole cultural heritage is rich, alive and vibrant. However, we equally acknowledge its dynamism and it is one which continues to evolve over time. Thus, our focus, arrived at after much debate and negotiation among the organizing team, is not so much to preserve a dying tradition, but to embrace the core of who we are as a people in all its facets… It is this depth of appreciation and engagement that we seek to explore… this opulent and diverse creole heritage.”

Cuffy, who was awarded a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to fund the establishment of an International Creole Research Network, said she hoped that by the end of the conference, “we will be much closer to making advocacy to the creole best practices currently employed by our sister creole nations,” such as Haiti, St. Lucia, Martinique, and Guadeloupe.





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PM Skerrit promises 21 constituency administrators if re-elected

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Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has revealed that in the new term of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), twenty-one constituency administrators will be appointed.

He made that statement while addressing a DLP meeting held in the Colihaut constituency on Thursday night.

Skerrit said it’s the ruling labour party that’s responsible for creating the ministry of constituency empowerment and it also allowed parliamentarians to have constituency offices.

“In the new term we will be appointing what is called a constituency administrator in every constituency and that constituency administrator will help the Parl Rep [Parliamentary Representative] in the administrative management of the constituencies,” he said. “When the Parl Rep says she is going to do this, that person will follow-up and ensure that it gets done and it gets done in a timely fashion.”

According to him there is also a housing day when the administrator will go to every home and ensure that the contractors are doing their work, then report to their Parl Rep.

In addition to this the Prime Minister said his government will be creating constituency boards where persons can serve as advisors to the Parl Reps who can discuss the programmes, challenges in the constituency and come up with plans and programmes to be implemented in the constituency.

Furthermore, Skerrit said a constituency budget of $400,000 will also be made available to help the Parliamentary Representatives to deal with emergencies.

“If we have a sewing programme in a constituency to teach people to sew or a cake making programme the Parl Rep can use those funds to train the people in the constituency and have some programmes going on,” he stated.

Skerrit believes that these things will help enhance the abilities of Parl Reps to better represent the interest and the concerns of constituents.





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