DEBUT OF THE CARIBBEAN AMERINDIAN DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION
6 members of the best known three pre-Colombian native Amerindian Peoples of the Caribbean, the Taino of the North Caribbean, the Kalinago of the Central Caribbean, and the Lokono of the South Caribbean, announced the birth of the (non-profit) Caribbean Amerindian Development Organisation (CADO).
The gender balanced CADO Council founder/life members are:
- Damon Corrie & Shirling Simon-Corrie (Lokono)
- Irvince Auguiste & Loisette Auguiste (Kalinago)
- Roberto Borrero & Migdalia Ma. Pellicier (Taino)
The CADO Council members collectively stated:
“We are coming together to bring benefits to our peoples as best as we can. Being traditionalists as we all are, ‘Development‘ is understood by us to be that which restores as much of our tangible and intangible heritage as has been lost and ensuring that as much as possible of it is taken into the future in the hearts and minds of the generations yet unborn that will follow us down the red road of our ancestors.”
The CADO motto is: “Dedicated to the Preservation and Promotion of Amerindian Cultural Heritage, and the Implementation of Internationally Recognized Rights of Indigenous Peoples”
These noble-minded 6 have some parting words the world would do well to heed:
“Everyone knows we suffered historical Colonialism’s cruel fate first and foremost…
Everyone knows we are the most talked ABOUT but least LISTENED TO of all Amerindian peoples in this Hemisphere….
Everyone knows we are still suffering from present day Neo-Colonialism in our Caribbean that continues to ignore or marginalize our very existence and continued survival…
And everyone WILL know by our historic action on this day that we will CONTINUE to resist our attempted conquest and assimilation – and we shall do so henceforth as one blood, one mind, and one spirit; as our ancestors did before us! For as it was in the beginning…so shall it be in the end.”