With famous native Canadian Hollywood actress Tantoo Cardinal
Eagle Clan Lokono-Arawak faithkeeper & 4th generation heir to the hereditary Chieftaincy – Damon Gerard Corrie
The only one of the 300 living Diaspora exiled community descendant heirs of the last ruling Hereditary Chief of the Eagle Clan Lokono-Arawaks of Guyana – to marry back into the tribe and have his children born once again on Tribal lands, by doing so he alone has fulfilled the deathbed criteria the old Chief spoke to his only surviving child – Marian (whom we call the ‘Princess’) before she emigrated into exile from Guyana, to the Caribbean island of Barbados in 1925; on who would qualify to inherit his authority and restore the power of the Clan.
With famous native American Hollywood actress Irene Bedard
With famous Lakota Holy Man - Chief Avrol Looking-Horse
With famous UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya
With Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of Saint Vincent
With Reggae Mega Band 3RD World Stephen Cat Coore
With Chief Willie Littlechild of Canada
With famous native Brazillian leader - Marcos Terena - Inventor of the World Indigenous Games
With famous native Brazillian Chief Tashka Yawanawa and famous native Taino Chief Roberto Borrero at the UNHQ in New York City, USA
We are pleased to announce that we are the first Indigenous People to OFFICIALLY recognise His Excellency Chief Richard Currie and the Maroons of Jamaica (who are descendants of our Taino-Arawak kin) as the only Indigenous People of Jamaica.
Photos from the victory day at the OAS when the American Declaration was finally approved
On June 15, 2016, after nearly 30 years of advocacy and negotiation, the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The OAS is a regional intergovernmental organization of 35 member countries of the Americas, including the United States.
The American Declaration offers specific protection for indigenous peoples in North America, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. It affirms the right to self-determination, rights to education, health, self-government, culture, lands, territories, and natural resources, and it includes provisions that address the particular situation of indigenous peoples in the Americas, including protections for those living in voluntary isolation and those affected by a state’s internal armed conflict. Article VII of the Declaration addresses Gender Equality, and includes a commitment that “States shall adopt the necessary measures, in conjunction with indigenous peoples, to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence and discrimination, particularly against indigenous women and children.”
The American Declaration is a comprehensive, regional human rights instrument and it will become one of the most important instruments of the Inter-American Human Rights System. Both the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights will interpret the Declaration to provide content to other instruments, such as the American Convention on Human Rights – the main regional human rights treaty, and the American Declaration of Rights and Duties of Man.
Damon Gerard Corrie was one of 3 key members of the Caribbean Caucus (along with Taino Chief Roberto Mukaro Borrero, and the Kalinago Chief of Dominica) on the Indigenous Working Group of the OAS from the year 2000 – to 2016 when the great victory was finally achieved and the Declaration was adopted, this remains his greatest personal achievement in life – for he was part of a team that has ensured greater rights to the 70 million indigenous peoples of the Americas. It is the second most important Indigenous Rights Declaration ever made, second only to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which gives greater rights to the world’s estimated 370-500 million indigenous peoples.