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Maya Leaders welcome Government’s appointment of Commissioner of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs

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Gregory Ch’oc

Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2021. 4:21 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Maya People of southern Belize issued a statement congratulating the Government of Belize in its effort to recognize the Indigenous Peoples of Belize and its expressed commitment to engage with Indigenous Peoples and their representatives in good faith.

“We commend the responsibility bestowed upon Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Gilroy Usher Jr, and CEO Tanya Santos by the Government of Prime Minister John Briceno to provide steady leadership to the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs,” a statement expressed.

In addition, the Maya leaders extended congratulations to Gregory Ch’oc on his appointment as the Commissioner of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs.

Ch’oc is tasked with the responsibility to work with the Garifuna, Maya Yucatec, Maya Mopan, and Maya Q’eqchi on issues affecting them.

“We have also learned that Mr. Ch’oc will be responsible to represent the Government of Belize in its legal duty to implement the CCJ 2015 Consent Order and Judgement and we look forward to the expertise and experiences he will bring to this important role,” the statement added.

The Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcaldes Association explained that they have remained steady in their support to the Alcaldes of every Maya village to achieve the historic legal affirmation of indigenous rights in Belize.

The leaders expressed their support for the efforts of the Government of Belize in the process of building a nation that is inclusive and democratic.

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