10th Annual Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival

Reggae Royalty Coming to Town for 10th Annual Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival

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MAPLE RIDGE, BC – Ole, ole, ole, ole, feeling hot, hot, hot…on Saturday, July 10th & Sunday, July 11th, the Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival Society will be celebrating its 10th annual Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival at Memorial Peace Park and 224th Street in Downtown Maple Ridge and is promising the best and biggest festival yet featuring a debut Canadian performance by Tosh 1, son of legendary Peter Tosh.

What started as an admission-free, one day festival in 2000 attracting 1,500 festival-goers of all ages has grown to between 18,000 and 20,000 over two days and remains an admission-free festival with people coming from all over Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Washington State.

The two day party in the park transcends cultural and musical boundaries with a galaxy of performances including Reggae, Calypso, Ska, Salsa, and African beats, authentic Caribbean cuisine,  an open air market with 70+ art & craft vendors, dancing, beer garden, youth dance and fun for the little ones. Rain or shine, organizers are committed to delivering a high-energy festival with a phenomenal entertainment line-up.

Entertainment Schedule for Saturday, July 10, 2010

Time Entertainment Location
1:00pm-2:00pm Festival kick-off with CARL’S SOUNDVIBES DJ extraordinaire Bandstand
200pm-3:00pm FASHION SHOW – Vogue Alley Store

Caribbean artists rock the stage while models rip the runway in Def Fashizzle Clothing

3:00pm-4:00pm OUT OF MANY

Collection of professional reggae musicians

4:00pm-5:00pm TROPITONICS  STEEL BAND Bandstand
5:00pm-6:00pm THE FIREBAND Bandstand
6:00pm-6:30pm CARL’S SOUNDVIBES DJ extraordinaire Bandstand
6:30pm- 8:00pm LOS FURIOS

Ska-Reggae night in the park – start of YOUTH DANCE in Memorial Peace Park partnered with the Greg Moore Centre


Entertainment Schedule for Sunday, July 11, 2010

Time Entertainment Location
12:00pm-1:00pm BOUNTY HUNTA (aka Jamaican Pizza Jerk)

Vancouver’s first-ever Reggae recording artist

1:00pm-2:00pm TROPICAL HEAT

BC’s hottest steel drum band

Festival Stage
2:00pm- 3:00pm TAMASHA

Afro-Caribbean dance troupe


ABBOTSFORD CARIBBEAN DANCE CREW – children’s dance crew presented by Out of Many

224th St to


3:00pm-4:00pm LA CANDELA

Bringing Salsa to the West Coast

Festival Stage
4:00pm-5:00pm MAFFIE AND CREW

A high energy performance including a mix of dancehall, Reggae and Soca

5:00pm-6:00pm PHASE III STEELBAND Festival Stage
6:00pm-7:00pm NATURAL FLAVORS Festival Stage
7:00pm-8:00pm CARL’S SOUDVIBES Festival Stage
8:00pm-9:00pm TOSH 1

son of legendary Peter Tosh (co-founder of the Wailing Whailers)

Festival Stage
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TTCS of BC – July 2010 Events

Please see attached the events for the :

Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Society of B.C.

Of course, July is the hottest month in your calendar. That goes without saying. So the events listing below will be brief and to the point.

First, for Society members: the TTCS General Meeting format worked well in June, so we will do the same thing again in July. Mark your calendar as follows:

TTCS of BC – July Calendar < Download Calendar by clicking here
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—– 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.”

For decades, the pole’s provenance was unsung. It came to be a symbol of the Rockies and a promotional emblem for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, which brought the pole to Jasper to mark its new northern route across the mountains to Prince Rupert in 1914.

It’s an incredible Canadian story that needed to be told,” Environment Minister Jim Prentice said Sunday.

I can still remember seeing it for the first time,” he recalled. Mr. Prentice first visited Jasper as a 13-year-old boy, in 1969. Like many visitors, Mr. Prentice assumed the totem pole represented a local aboriginal community.

It wasn’t until last year, as Minister of the Environment, that he learned otherwise. I was appalled this treasure had been taken from the Haida,” he said. As a former minister for Indian Affairs, he had come to know the Haida and understood the Jasper landmark would have to go home.

The Haida are now carving a new pole, commissioned by Parks Canada, that will be raised in Jasper. Mr. Prentice said the swap highlights a spirit of reconciliation.

The federal Conservative government’s relationship with first nations has not been unblemished. The Harper government tore up the Kelowna Accord, which would have invested $5-billion over the space of a decade into improved education and living conditions for first nations communities. Mr. Prentice defended his government’s record Sunday, citing the apology and cash settlement of claims for residential schools, as well as investments in clean water and housing on reserves.

The totem pole is a tangible display of good intentions, he said. This is a symbol of what we have achieved,” he said.

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.

This website for Queen Charlotte Islands would eventually change to Haida Gwaii. Click here to view site > http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/dqc/info.htm

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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 www.guyaneseonline.wordpress.com 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

Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of British Columbia

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Independence Celebrations Dance – 2010

Independence Celebrations Dance – 2010

June Dance – BC Association   < click here to view ” flyer”

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.

It was well attended and everyone had a great time. More reports on this event later

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Sir James Douglas monument unveiled at Mahaica

Sir James Douglas monument unveiled at Mahaica

(See copy as PDF file for printing: Sir James Douglas – Mahaica

Friday, August 29 2008

Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and Canadian High Commissioner Charles Court at the unveiling of Sir James Douglas monument in Mahaica. Also in photo is Minister Frank Anthony

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.

A section of the gathering at the unveiling ceremony, for Sir James Douglas

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.

Also check out the Carifesta X report on this event at link below:


Note: the link above may not be operational at all times due to bandwidth issues.
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Celebrating Sir James Douglas

Celebrating Sir James Douglas

Nostalgia 361 – By Godfrey Chin   – Sunday, February 24th 2008

Sir James Douglas statue, and Clyde Duncan

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 in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, Clyde Duncan , their President, insisted on an extended tour of the city.

Finally we went up a hill in the suburbs of the city to Fort Langley, cold bussing tail. This ’short pants’ tropical mudlander did not walk with warm clothing, but his trembling heart ignited, as a tall, sombre statue loomed in the shadow of the car’s beaming headlight.

The bronze memorial plaque read: “Sir James Douglas 1803-1877 / As the first Governor of British Columbia 1858-1864 James Douglas proclaimed the new crown colony at Fort Langley, on Nov 19, 1858.”

And then the biggest surprise of my life since I passed Scholarship, June 1948 at Smith Church, Clyde presented me with a paperback. In the dark pine shadows I barely discerned the title on the grey tones of the cover, but I managed to make out Old Square-Toes and his Lady: The Life of James and Amelia Douglas.

I knew Clyde was familiar with my voracious appetite for reading, but then he calmly mentioned, with that glint of pride which we mudlanders proudly proclaim at every opportunity wherever and whenever our Golden Arrowhead flies: “Sir James is Guyanese.”

He coulda knocked me over with a feather, but the grass was wet as a baby’s diaper in the biting 42º temperature. Thank heavens, as a West Indian cricket fan, nothing in life or sports will ever surprise me again.
Man, ah was anxious to read immediately in the flashing shadows of our return trip. It was dejà-vu as I became as engrossed as I used to be when I received my sons’ high school quarterly term test results in the Banlon years back home! Mangoes sometimes fall far from the mango tree.

Hell, reading about Sir James Douglas, was better than Ludlum’s Bourne Identity, and my host Trev Sue-a-Quan must have baulked at my burning his electricity thru’ the night, and inconvenienced by my late arrival for breakfast next morning. Ya think it easy!

I share here a brief synopsis of who Sir James Douglas was and the role he played in the founding of British Columbia, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.
Sir James Douglas, August 15, 1803-August 1877
– as recorded in the History Department at Douglas College
James Douglas was a mixed-race kid from a single-parent family. But education and hard work got him to the top of the ladder – he even earned a knighthood.

That’s not a modern success story, but the thumbnail tale of Sir James Douglas, the founder of modern British Columbia. Born in British Guiana in 1803, the son of a Scottish plantation owner and Martha Ann Ritchie, a free black woman from Barbados, his prospects weren’t great. But his father sent him to a preparatory school in Scotland. His natural smarts and his education helped Douglas rise to become head of the Hudson Bay Company’s Pacific region.

Douglas married Amelia Connolly, a woman of mixed Cree and Irish-Canadian heritage. He became Governor of the Crown Colonies of Vancouver Island and BC and was knighted upon retiring.

BC historian Margaret Ormsby wrote of him: “A practical man, but yet a visionary, Sir James Douglas was also humanitarian. He treated individuals, including Negro slaves and Indians, with a respect that few of his contemporaries showed.”

Douglas College is proud to bear the name of Sir James Douglas.

Canada Post plans to issue a stamp this year (2008) in recognition of Sir James as they celebrate the 150th anniversary of the province of British Columbia. In January 2008, Clyde Duncan, President of the Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of BC, visited Guyana and met President Jagdeo recommending a commemorative stamp issue in this country also.

The Overseas Guyanese Group also plan to have a bronze statue of Sir James Douglas cast and erected in Georgetown, during Carifesta 2008.

Statue Unveiling Ceremony at Langley Township

Left to Right: Clyde Duncan , Bert Allsopp, past Mayor of Langley Township-Kurt Alberts,Lady Point, Lt. Governor Steven Point, John Aldag – Manager of the Historic Site Fort Langley at the kick off of the BC150 celebration 1858 – 2008.

Kick off of BC150 celebration 1858-2008

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