Santa Rosa First Peoples Community says thanks to all. Ready to discuss plans for Red House Monument
The Santa Rosa First peoples Community wishes to thank the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the people of this great country for making its One-Off National Celebrations last Friday (October 13th) a great success.
Chief of the Santa Rosa First Peoples Community, Mr. Ricardo Bharath-Hernandez and Carib Queen Mrs. Jennifer Cassar, also wish to thank all of the delegations from Australia, Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Guatemala, Canada, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and the United States of America, for participating in this historic occasion, which will forever remain a significant achievement in the history of the First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago.
Special mention must be made to the Ministry of National Security for its very professional and enthusiastic response to our request for assistance as it related to the arrival of our delegates from overseas, and the staging of a military parade throughout the streets of Arima last Friday, as well as, all security arrangements for the event.
Chief Bharath-Hernandez and Queen Jennifer Cassar, on behalf of the community, also wish to thank Her Worship, The Mayor of Arima, Mrs Lisa Morris-Julian for her unstinting support in making the celebrations a reality, and for providing the necessary resources needed to ensure everything was in place at the Arima Velodrome and other locations for the event.
Additionally, Chief Bharath-Hernandez thanks the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and its staff for providing a space for several of our activities, which allowed for school children and guests to participate comfortably in some of our events.
We thank the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs for making the facilities of the National Cycling Centre available to us to host the Children’s Rally. The Schools must also be commended for ensuring the attendance of the children.
For the Schools Outreach Sessions, we are grateful to the celebrated Poet and Dramatist, Pearl Eintou Springer and her group Idakeda, for the production of the play “ I, Hyarima”, which was put on in Port of Spain and Arima. We commend the Arts in Action Artistic Programme Manager, Brendon Lacaille for his stirring portrayal of “Hyarima”. We were also privileged to have Former Young King and Calypso Monarch, Duane O’Connor enhancing the Festival with his gift rendition of the song “First Peoples Rising”.
Special thanks must also go out to members of the private sector who contributed to the celebrations in one way or another to making the event a memorable one, to the planning committee, all the artistes who performed, to members of the Santa Rosa First Peoples Community whose presence was most appreciated; and to the media – especially state-owned Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG) which broadcast the day’s activities to the general public.
Follow-up Meetings with Government
Chief Ricardo Bharath-Hernandez is also looking forward to a follow-up meeting with the Government as it relates to the establishment of an appropriate monument to mark the significant discovery of bones and other artifacts belonging to the First Peoples at the Red House, St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley in his address at the National Holiday celebrations at the Arima Velodrome assured TT’s indigenous peoples that a monument would be established at the Red House, in tribute to their ancestors whose remains were discovered at the site of the historic building three years ago.
Dr. Rowley said the monument would be constructed at the Red House when its refurbishment exercise was completed in 2018.
The prime minister has also promised that at the appropriate time towards the completion of the construction and before the Parliament returned to the Red House next year, a ceremonial event would take place for the re-burial of the remains.
“Those ancient bones will be restored at the appropriate location on the Red House site marking with respect, those whom we have disturbed at the site,” the PM has promised.
Dr. Rowley has also guaranteed the full co-operation of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, through its many agencies, towards ensuring that there is a heritage village built on the 25 acres of land given to the Santa Rosa First Peoples Community on Blanchisseuse Road.
As it refers to the preservation of the history of the First Peoples, Prime Minister Rowley said that a voluminous textbook is being put together to be added to the curriculum at the nation’s schools.
Chief Ricardo Bharath-Hernandez stands ready and available to hold discussions with the Prime Minister or his representatives to pursue the above objectives.