Dominica: Cozier Frederick to launch Kalinago 120 initiative, aims to celebrate heritage

The Ministry of the Environment, Rural Modernisation, Kalinago Upliftment and Constituency Empowerment of Dominica is all set to launch Kalinago 120 initiative on Friday (June 16, 2023).

Dominica: Cozier Frederick to launch Kalinago 120 initiative, aims to celebrate heritage
Dominica: Cozier Frederick to launch Kalinago 120 initiative, aims to celebrate heritage

Roseau, Dominica: The Ministry of the Environment, Rural Modernisation, Kalinago Upliftment and Constituency Empowerment of Dominica is all set to launch Kalinago 120 initiative on Friday (June 16, 2023). Minister Cozier Frederick will host the launch ceremony at the Ministry of Finance Conference Room at 10: 00 am. 

The launch ceremony will be aired live on Kairi FM/DBS Radio, the Facebook Page of GIS and the YouTube of the government of Dominica. The 120 initiatives will highlight the significance and contribution of the Kalinago Territory in nation-building. It will focus on the accomplishments within the Kalinago Territory since its establishment in 1903. 

Minister Cozier Frederick also invited the people to join the launch ceremony and said that the ceremony would be of great assistance to the Kalinago community. He said that they will unveil the schedule of activities to commemorate the milestone and celebrate their Kalinago Heritage during the launch ceremony. “Please join us as we present our schedule of activities to commemorate the milestone and celebrate our Kalinago heritage,”said the minister. 

The Kalinago Territory, which covers approximately 4.5 square miles on the Northeast coast of Dominica, is communally owned by the indigenous population of approximately 3500 people. Kalinago Barana Aute is, known as the cultural village, provides a snapshot of Kalinago life. Along with that, the way of life of the people in the village is quite traditional while showcasing Kalinago structures, craft making, and traditional cultural performances.

Visitors across the globe who travel to Dominica get the true experience of the cultural heritage of Kalinago. The indigenous Caribs (Kalinago), who are a minority in Dominica, are unique in being the last community in the Caribbean that claims direct descent from the indigenous Kalinago, who originally populated the entire region before the arrival of European colonizers.

Kalinago Territory — home to the Kalinago. The descendants of the island’s original people, the Kalinago – Originally known as the Caribs, the Kalinago are believed to have originally come from South America and represent the last remaining tribe of the pre-columbian Carib Indians going back to about 3000 B.C.

A life wedded to nature suddenly changed with the arrival of Christopher Columbus and the subsequent arrival of European settlers with whom the Kalinago battled bitterly to keep their lives and lands.

Eventually, they had to flee to the isolated eastern side of Dominica — taking with them rites, rituals, and a way of living, reaching back to the island’s original settlers. It wasn’t until 1763, when the British gained full control of Dominica that the Kalinago were officially given 232 acres of land originally dubbed the Carib Reserve.