Monthly Archives: June 2010



—– Nearly a century later, a symbol of the Haida returns to its people
Justine Hunter Victoria From Monday’s Globe and Mail
Sunday, Jun. 20, 2010

Last week, the Haida marked another milestone when they formally returned the name Queen Charlotte Islands to the Crown and restored the name Haida Gwaii to the cluster of islands off B.C.’s North Coast.

Premier Gordon Campbell officially accepted the returned name, Queen Charlotte Islands, in an empty Haida bentwood box. The change will be reflected on maps and official government correspondence.

Ninety-five years after it was taken from Haida Gwaii to adorn a railway station in Alberta, the Raven totem pole is back in Old Massett.

Restoration experts have spent months trying to remove lead paint bright white, red and aqua that had been added to help make the 12-metre-long pole a tourist icon in Jasper. It arrived on a ferry Friday and on Monday, Haida leaders will formally restore the pole’s name, Stihlda.

Traces of paint remain, a reminder of the cedar pole’s travels. It was painted some grisly colours over the years,” said Vince Collison, the Haida co-ordinator of the event. So we re grateful to get it, as close as possible, back to the original condition.”

Mr. Collison has been part of the Haida repatriation committee for more than a dozen years, working to bring back cultural items that have been collected by museums around the globe. The work focused first on ancestral remains. It is only in recent years, with the remains of 500 of their people returned, that the Haida have turned their attention to works of art.

The memorial pole, believed to be 140 years old, is now too weatherbeaten to be raised again. Instead, it will be laid out in a protective display crate until a new longhouse is ready to house the artifact.

The details of how the pole was removed are murky, but Mr. Collison said it is unlikely that it was freely sold or given away. You can’t sugar-coat that; they thought they were taking these things away from a dying people.” Continue reading

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Update for Members – June 11, 2010

11 June 2010

Dear Members

Just an update to let you know what the Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of BC has been doing so far this year.

Well, a new board was voted in at the January 2010 AGM. By now you know that Clyde Duncan (president), Mike Barringon (vice president), Lara Veerasammy (treasurer), Roweena Bacchus (secretary), are the executives. Other board members are Linley Shelton (communications chair), Tanuja La Fleur, Sylvia Jemmott, Wayne Jemmott, Everton Weekes (social committee) and Meheram Sugrim, Lucyanne Joseph, Carol Campbell are members at large. We also have the following past-presidents Dr. John Farley, Roy Taylor, and Basil Statia to complete the entire board.

We donated $250.00 to the Union Gospel Mission from the proceeds of last dance, held way back in the fall of 2009.

Since then, the grand-daughter of Bertie London, Rama Diallo, who is a contestant in the Miss Universe Canada pageant approached us for financial support. The Association along with individual board members, Clyde Duncan, Sylvia Jemmott, and Wayne Jemmott were able to contribute a total of $600.00 to her campaign.

The Guyanese Association (GCCABC) along with the British Columbia Organization of Caribbean Cultural Associations (BCOCCA) held a fund raising event in the wake of the earthquake, for Haiti as many others did here in B.C.

We are on the move. We have contributed news stories to the Guyanese Online newsletter through Cyril (Cy) Bryan, a Guyanese Canadian who resides in Barbados, and who is the Vice President of the Guyanese Association of Barbados Inc. The newsletter also has a blog to which you can contribute if you are so inclined. We are hoping to have our own blog soon.

Just a reminder: our ‘Independence Dance’ is Saturday, June 12 at South Arm Community Centre, 9020 Williams Road, Richmond. It starts at 7:00 pm and tickets are $15.00. See you there!

Roweena Bacchus, Secretary

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Independence Celebrations Dance – 2010

Independence Celebrations Dance – 2010

The Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of BC had its annual ‘Independence Dance’ is Saturday, June 12 at South Arm Community Centre, 9020 Williams Road, Richmond. It started at 7:00 pm and tickets were $15.00.

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Sir James Douglas monument unveiled at Mahaica

Sir James Douglas monument unveiled at Mahaica

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Friday, August 29 2008

SIR James Douglas, a son of the soil from Belmont, Mahaica who became the first Governor of British Columbia in Canada in the nineteenth century was honoured on Thursday, August 28, 2008 with a monument in his name.

The monument was unveiled by Prime Minister Samuel Hinds in the presence of Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Frank Anthony; Minister within the Ministry of Education Dr. Desrey Fox; Chairman of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) Bishop Juan Edghill; President of the Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of British Columbia (GCCABC), Clyde Duncan and Mahaica residents.

This historic figure, who many know little about, was born to the mother of a slave and the father of a wealthy planter from Scotland who owned many plantations. He was born in 1803, and departed Guyana in 1812 with his father and brother to attain an education in Scotland and returned to become governor of British Columbia in Canada.

‘I think sometimes we forget that we do have a lot of other invisible Guyanese heroes and this statue is reminding us that there are many more that were born on this soil that we do not know about’ – Minister Desrey Fox.

Duncan who was instrumental in requesting that Sir Douglas be honoured in this way said Vancouver Island was the former name given to the area which then became British Columbia upon order of England’s queen Victoria at the time.

The area gained popularity following the California gold rush which saw scores of miners migrating to the area to gain wealth from the minerals on the land.

Duncan , while giving an overview of Sir Douglas, said the rush resulted in a number of disputes among the various parties and through the endeavour of Douglas, order and stability was returned to the land. It was through this act that Sir Douglas became governor and the land declared British Columbia in 1858.

Duncan said his interest in honouring Sir Douglas stemmed from his need to educate people about historic heroes who came from the Guyanese soil and the many contributions they have made to the world.

Had it not been for the bravery of Sir Douglas, Canada would not have been the second largest country in the world as it is today, Duncan said. In this regard, he disclosed several other intentions of the cultural association in his honour in the areas of education, culture and sports and the establishment of a Sir James Douglas’ Foundation.

He believes that the statue is an important link between Canada and Guyana and persons, in particular Mahaica residents should see it as more than just another statue.

The Prime Minister said the recognition given to Douglas is timely and he extended appreciation to the many Guyanese in British Columbia who contributed to the symbolic statue.

“It is important that we draw lessons from history to help us today and into the future…the life and achievements of Sir James Douglas is a challenge to all Guyanese born who have migrated or planning to migrate elsewhere,” Mr. Hinds said.

He described Sir Douglas as Guyana’s first gift to Canada since he was the first to work towards making Canada the country it is today.

Minister Anthony who worked for several years in Mahaica as a health specialist admitted that he knew nothing of Sir James Douglas but said that he can be considered a ”pioneer from the Diaspora”.

The Culture Minister believes that unveiling the monument is the best example of paying tribute to local heroes, noting that it will be beneficial to Guyanese youths.

He said the unveiling is also a symbol of the bond which exists between Guyana and British Columbia and efforts will be made to establish links between the people of Mahaica and British Columbia.

Minister Fox also disclosed that several factors are being taken into consideration to honour Sir James Douglas and one suggestion is the renaming of the Helena Primary School to Sir James Douglas Primary, as well as the establishment of a library in his name.

“I think sometimes we forget that we do have a lot of other invisible Guyanese heroes and this statue is reminding us that there are many more that were born on this soil that we do not know about,” Minister Fox said.

The monument stands in front of the Helena Nursery School, close to the Mahaica public road where an old water tank used to provide water to steam the train’s engine still exists. (GINA)- Guyana Chronicle.

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Celebrating Sir James Douglas

Celebrating Sir James Douglas Nostalgia 361 – By Godfrey Chin   – Sunday, February 24th 2008 The recent launch of my docutext Nostalgias took me last October to Vancouver, British Columbia (BC) for a fascinating experience. After entertaining the Guyanese Posse … Continue reading

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Guyanese Online – June 2010

Guyanese Online – June 2010
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Guyanese Online – May 2010

Guyanese Online – May 2010
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