Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has given his full approval to the objectives of the Indian Heritage Association of St. Lucia and its plans to recognise the contributions Indo-St. Lucians have made to the development of the island and the organization’s plan to have a special day to pay tribute to this.
On Tuesday, a delegation of the recently formed Indian Organization’s Executive – Secretary Herob Morris and Publicist /Communications Specialist Sharon Williams led by President Keith Compton paid a courtesy call on the prime minister and to apprise him of the group and what it aimed to do.
The prime minister said the efforts of Indians in St. Lucia or what he jokingly called “Indo-Lucians” had gone un-recognised for too long. He commended the association for picking up the mantle of gaining public recognition for the thousands of Saint Lucians of Indian descent who live in Saint Lucia.
The association that goes under the banner “Unity in Diversity” will be hosting the first ever “Indian National Day” or “Jounen Indienne” next Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Campus B of the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School from 10:00 a.m.
“Just like there is Jounen Kweyol to honour our African ancestry so too will be Jounen Indienne that will pay tribute to the Indians who were brought here over 150 years ago and who have made Saint Lucia their home” said President Compton.
“The Indian National Day that will begin at 10:00 a.m. on August 18, will feature Indian music, dance, fashion, art and food and will be a highly inter-active activity so Saint Lucians can learn more about their fellowmen and women of Indian descent,” Compton said.
The association executive invited the prime minister to be part of the event that will be held in his constituency, Vieux Fort. Prime Minister Anthony gave his assurance that he is wholeheartedly behind the venture that “seeks to bring Saint Lucians closer together.”