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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Carib and Taino Sign Historic Treaty

From: Roberto Borrero UCTP
Subject: Carib and Taino Nations Sign Historic Treaty

Carib and Taino Nations Sign Historic Treaty

Arima, Trinidad (UCTP Taino News) - The Kallinago Carib Nation of
Waitikabuli (Dominica) and the United Confederation of Taino People (UCTP)
ratified an historic "Declaration of Unity" on October 16, 2007.

Kallinago Chief Charles Williams and Roberto Mucaro Borrero, the President
and Chairman of the UCTP's Office of International Relations and Regional
Coordination signed the declaration on behalf of their respective
communities during the celebration of Amerindian Heritage Week in Arima,
Trinidad.

"Indigenous Peoples need to support each other as there is strength in
unity" declared Chief Williams.

The declaration promotes solidarity between the Kallinago and the Taino at
the local, national, and international levels.

"Treaties between Indigenous Nations are tangible demonstrations of our
sovereignty and our internationally recognized right to
self-determination" noted President Borrero. "This declaration makes it
clear to all that the Kallinago and the Taino recognize each other as
Indigenous Peoples of the region".

The Kallinago Carib Nation is the only indigenous community in the
Caribbean islands who maintain an officially recognized territory via a
treaty with the government of Dominica. The UCTP represents Taino People
throughout the region and the Diaspora.

The "Declaration of Unity" with the Kallinago Nation follows a series of
similarly historic treaty ratifications by the United Confederation of
Taino People. Currently, the UCTP maintains treaty relationships with the
Santa Rosa Carib Community of Trinidad, the Joboshirima Arawak Community
of Venezuela, the Guyanese Organization of Indigenous Peoples (GOIP), and
the Eagle Clan Arawaks of Barbados and Guyana.

Source: http://uctp.blogspot.com/

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