APA to host its 9th General Assembly in St Cuthbert’s (Pakuri)


The Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) will be holding its Ninth General Assembly from Tuesday May 10, 2016 to Thursday May 12, 2016 in the indigenous community of St. Cuthbert’s Mission (Pakuri), Mahaica River, Region 4, Guyana.

The General Assembly is the highest decision making forum of the APA and is usually held every three years where representatives from all parts of Guyana come together to provide an organizational mandate.   2016 marks twenty five years since the APA was formally established as an organization and as Guyana celebrates fifty years as an independent nation. This Assembly will provide space for collective reflections on the work of the organization within the last twenty five years of relentless advocacy and representation of the rights of indigenous peoples. In addition, the forum will provide a platform on how we would like to strategically progress even with increased challenges guiding the ‘development’ plans of the nation.  The theme of this Assembly is therefore, “50 Years of Independence, 25 Years of APA Advocacy – how closer are we to fully securing our rights?”

Among issues expected to be discussed are the rights of indigenous peoples to land, resources and territories; the extractive sector and its impacts on social and environmental security; legislative and policy reform with specific reference to the Amerindian Act; indigenous representation and social issues especially as it relates to access to justice for indigenous peoples.

The Assembly will also elect a new Executive Committee which will be the body responsible for the continued overall administration of the organization for the next three years.

It is expected that the Assembly will issue a formal release of its decisions at the end of the three days gathering.