When making choices affecting Amerindians, the government has reaffirmed its commitment to upholding the concept of free, prior, and informed consent. One of the fundamental principles contained in the Amerindian Act is this. Speaking at the recently concluded Regional Toshaos and Community Development Council (CDC) Chairpersons Conference in Moruca, Region One, Minister of Amerindian Affairs Pauline Sukhai made this statement.
Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai “The National Toshaos Council Conference that is held in Georgetown is the epitome of FPIC (free, prior, and informed consent). Guyana is the first country that allows its people to sit and engage directly with the head of state,” she pointed out.
Guyana has been heralded as the first country to provide a legislative tool that is modern and deals with governance, management, protection, and security for its indigenous peoples. Belize is now leaning on the expertise of Guyana, to foster development for their indigenous peoples.
The minister added that “Guyana is the first to have designated an entire month of heritage to Indigenous peoples, recognizing that they make a contribution to this country. We would like to retain this and make it known to the world and to the nation.”