Source:Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal (Port of Spain)
Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017 Updated: Friday, January 3, 2020
The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley, has announced that the First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago would be given a one-off national non-working public holiday, on Friday, October 13, 2017, "in recognition of their contribution to the islands".
Ever since the passage, 20 years ago (1996-02-16), of Order No.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 (2012-07-10) and the Carib/First Pepole (2013-10-15 and 2007-09-02), have repeatedly asked for new public holidays dedicated to their community.
Finally, last autumn (2016-10-30), the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley, had announced that the First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago would 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.
At that time, although the First Peoples' requests have always involved the declaration of a non-working public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago on October 14, the Chief of Santa Rosa First Peoples Community, Ricardo Bharath-Hernandez, announced that he would prefer a holiday during the week, because a public holiday on a Saturday or Sunday is like a "semi-holiday", thus today's announced date of Friday, October 13, 2017, as a one-off national non-working public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago.
The aforementioned announcement of Friday, October 13, 2017, as a one-off national non-working public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, is thus in addition to, and amends, the official list of Trinidad and Tobago bank holidays and of non-working public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago for the calendar year 2017, as announced earlier this year (2016-12-29).
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