Trinidad Express Newspapers | Sep 2, 2012 at 10:54 PM ECT
Carib Queen Jennifer Cassar is pleading with young people of Amerindian descent to get involved in the work and traditions of the Indigenous Community.
Speaking with the media at the 226th Anniversary of the Carib festival of Santa Rosa De Lima yesterday, Cassar said her main focus at this time is to sensitise young people who are of Amerindian blood to be a part of the community.
"We are pleading for them to come and join with us, because as seniors we will not be here forever and we need to pass on the traditions onto the younger folks."
Cassar said she also wants to see the indigenous people playing a more active role in the government.
"We have the ear of the government but we need to do a little more," she said.
She also called for unity among the three groups that make up descendants of Amerindians which she said have already reached a mutual understanding.
"We have been meeting with the two other groups one off the southwestern peninsula and the other in Arima in the past and have reached a memorandum of understanding and that has not been signed on yet but they are a part of us.
"And they are going to be celebrating with us on a united front at the Amerindian Heritage Festival on October 14," Cassar added.