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Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014. 5:42 pm CST.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014. PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: The National Garifuna Council says it is investigation an allegation that a financial institution in Dangriga town has instructed employees not to speak the Garifuna language in the workplace.

The allegation first surfaces this past weekend when a confidential email was sent to me inquiring if this was legal, as even customers are allegedly being discouraged from speaking Garifuna inside the financial institution’s office.

The allegation has infuriated members of the Garifuna community, especially since they claim no such restriction is being placed on persons who speak Spanish.

The National Garifuna Council in a short press release issued this evening said that “this allegation is being taken seriously” and that the findings of an investigation will be communicated to the nation as will a course of action to address the issue.

The NGC press release reiterates that “We will not stand aside and allow our rich cultural heritage to be disrespected by any entity, individual, or organization.”

It ends by saying that “We remain the humble gate keepers of God’s gift to us as proud Garinagu. Garinagu wagia mamanichubadiwa- We are Garinagu and will not be quiet.”

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  1. Jack Antonio says:

    What a shame, this is humiliating and the Garifuna community is doing the right thing by making this issue Pubic.

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