Source: Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal (Port of Spain)
The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley, has announced that the First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago will be given a one-off national non-working public holiday, in 2017, in recognition of their contribution to Trinidad and Tobago, thus partially meeting a long-standing request of Trinidad and Tobago's Carib, aka. First Peoples.
Ever since the passage, 20 years ago (16-Feb-1996), of Order #32 establishing 2 new community public holidays (Spiritual Baptist/Shouter Liberation Day on March 30 and Indian Arrival Day on May 30) other communities, such as the Orisa (10-Jul-2012) and the Carib/First Pepole (15-Oct-2013 and 02-Sep-2007), have repeatedly asked for new public holidays dedicated to their community.
The First Peoples' request have always involved the declaration of a non-working public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago on October 14, but following Prime Minister Rowley's announcement of last Thursday, the Chief of Santa Rosa First Peoples Community, Ricardo Bharath-Hernandez, pointed out that, next year, October 14 will fall on a Saturday, and that he would prefer a holiday during the week, because a public holiday on a Saturday or Sunday is like a "semi-holiday".
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