The Santa Rosa First Peoples Community march through Port-of-Spain and Arima on Thursday and Friday respectively, as part of the celebrations of the First Peoples.
This is in keeping with the First Peoples “One-Off” National Holiday which will be observed on Friday 13th 2017.
The theme for this year’s activities is: From Chrysalis to Butterfly: On Becoming Visible, Towards Meaningful Recognition.”
At 10 a.m. on Thursday there will be a ‘Gathering of First Peoples’ in front of the Red House, St. Vincent Street Port of Spain.
Prime Minister, The Hon. Dr. Keith Rowley and members of his Cabinet have been invited to attend.
A spiritual ceremony is expected to be held outside the Red House after which there is to be a 'Sacred Walk' through the streets of the city to culminate in a display of arts and craft at the Brian Lara Promenade, Independence Square.
Meanwhile on Friday October 13th, the Santa Rosa First Peoples celebration of its national holiday is expected to kick-off at 7.30 a.m. with a 'Sacred Smoke Ceremony' at Hyarima Monument at Hollis Avenue, Arima – Home to the Santa Rosa First Peoples.
This is to be followed by a ceremonial walk through a designated route in Arima, comprising members of the community, as well as, representatives from numerous Indigenous communities from the region, Australia, United States of America and Latin America.
This historic event will culminate at the Arima Velodrome on Hollis Avenue, where the Prime Minister and members of his Cabinet, as well as other dignitaries, and members of the Diplomatic Corps are expected to attend.
The Prime Minister is expected to give the feature address.
Santa Rosa First Peoples’ Chief Ricardo Bharath-Hernandez and other top level representatives are also to speak at the event.
Also expected to be present on Friday is the First Nations Chief of Canada, Kevin Hart, and Vice-President of Guyana and Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock.
All have been invited to participate in this historic event and to participate in the day-long cultural activities at the Arima Velodrome, which include children’s activities, art and craft exhibition and the sale of Indigenous Foods.
There will also be a Military Parade comprising the various arms of the Ministry of National Security. They will be accompanied by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Band and the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Services Band.