Creole Heritage Month and Jounen Kweyol 2016 were officially launched yesterday on the grounds of the Folk Research Centre (FRC).
Minister in the Ministry for Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government, Fortuna Belrose, asserted that it was important for Saint Lucians as a people to celebrate their culture and history.
“Without understanding your history it is very difficult to determine what your destiny is going to be,” Belrose told the Times.
She said that the FRC has conducted extensive research into local history and had documented its findings.
Belrose noted that the Cultural Development Foundation has also done some work in that regard.
“What we are seeing in the work is the connection between our critical industries and our heritage, our culture, is not there and if we are to make any significant progress with respect to our culture and our industries there is need for a greater level of connectivity and that’s what we are looking at now, how best we can capitalize on the heritage, the culture that we have for the economic benefit of our country,” the Minister explained.
At yesterday’s event the communities involved in preparing for Jounen Kweyol had various presentations.
Belrose expressed gratitude to the sponsors of the event, saying that organizers were thankful that in the current harsh economic times the business community and the government came through to provide support.
The Executive Director of the FRC, Hilary La Force disclosed that Jounen Kweyol has begun to bring in economic benefits for Saint Lucia with the influx of persons from overseas, especially Martinique, to join in the activities.
“They are spending money, so it is a tourist attraction and we want it to grow from strength to strength,” he said.