Posted: Saturday, February 27, 2021. 1:05 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Human Development, Families, and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs shared the accomplishments achieved during their first 100 days in office.
The Ministry says that it has established the portfolio of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and appointed a highly trained, competent, and respected professional as Commissioner of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs.
The Ministry also met with representatives of the Maya indigenous communities including the Maya Leaders Alliance, Toledo Alcaldes Association, Toledo Maya Cultural Council, Kekchi Council of Belize, and Community Leaders of Sarstoon Temash National Park buffer communities.
Representatives also participated in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) hearing on the Maya Land Rights Case on January 19, 2021, to signal a new era of respect, engagement and communication with the Maya communities of Toledo and other indigenous peoples.
In addition, they established coordination mechanisms with the Forest, Lands, and Police departments with a view to implementing the CCJ Consent Order.
The Ministry has met with representatives of the Garifuna indigenous people including the National Garifuna Council, Garifuna Nation, Dangriga Youth Football Association, Wagiya Foundation, and the Wachari Organic Agricultural Association (WOAA) to signal respect, engagement, and communication with the Garifuna people.
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