The NYCD, Kalinago Council and Youth Development Division hosted the Kalinago Youth Assembly 2022 on Sunday, and established the new executive for the Kalinago Youth Council for the period 2022-2023
The National Youth Council of Dominica (NYCD) in collaboration with the Kalinago Council and Youth Development Division, has officially hosted the Kalinago Youth Assembly 2022. The main outcome of this forum was to establish a newly elected executive of the Kalinago Youth Council for 2022-2023, at its Annual Kalinago Youth Assembly held on the last Sunday of May. The incoming Executive was voted in on Sunday May 29, 2022, at the Kalinago Barana Aute’. Over twenty Kalinago youth delegates participated in the elections. The Kalinago Youth Council Executive consists of President Julia Cyrille, Vice President Adiscia, Secretary Sharyssa Helmer, Treasurer Edgar Angelo Harris, Assistant Secretary Treasurer Wanou Joseph, Public Relations Officer Giselle Francis, Events Coordinator Christie Starr Auguiste, and representative of Differently Abled Kalinago Youth, Ricky Barry.
Kalinago Youth Representative, Adicia Burton and Vice President-Elect pointed out the necessity of the Kalinago Youth Council in providing significant opportunities for Kalinago Youth not only in the Kalinago Territory but Dominica to increase indigenous youth advocacy and participation on a national level. Burton stated, “The Kalinago Youth Council will definitely be integral in the development of a sustainable future for Kalinago Youth as the youth knows firsthand the challenges and vulnerabilities they face.”
President of the National Youth Council of Dominica, Ashma McDougall cites this as a culmination of the engagement and empowerment plans which the NYCD Executive intended from their installation. “The revitalization of District Youth Councils, Kalinago Youth Council, National Student Council and youth organizations is the best strategy to have a united voice among young people in Dominica. We are eager to work with the Kalinago Youth Council to advocate for development challenges and to assist in effecting change for many youth within the Kalinago Territory”. The KYC is elected for a 1-year period, and hopes to address and provide solutions to issues affecting Kalinago youth in Dominica during their tenure.
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