Press Release:- The Saint Lucia National Reparations Committee (NRC) hosts its 2020 Retreat on Wednesday 12th August, ahead of the launch of an annual national lecture series starting later a week later.
The NRC retreat will bring together members of its executive, as well as new members appointed by member-entities.
Also attending will be representatives of solidarity and stakeholder entities with working relationships with the NRC.
The retreat will review the NRC’s seven-year history since its appointment in November 2013, its challenges and accomplishments during the period and preview the road ahead to 2021 and beyond.
The retreat is being held at a time when the quest by CARICOM Governments for Reparations from Britain and Europe for Slavery and Native Genocide has been gaining increasing traction, before and after the universal Black Lives Matter protests and reactions, which also reverberated in Saint Lucia and the rest of the Caribbean.
It will also examine the state of preparations for the year-long national lecture series, as well as a parallel series of school lectures being planned to coincide with the opening of the new school year in September.
Also on the agenda is the NRC’s plan for a series of activities in the months leading to the 30th Anniversary of the death of Sir Arthur Lewis in June 2021.
The retreat will be attended by invited representatives of the UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia, the National Nobel Laureates Festival Committee and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, as well as by new representatives of NRC member-entities like the National Youth Council (NYC), the Archaeological and Historical Society (A&H), the Monsignor Patrick Anthony Folk Research Center (FRC) and the Iyanola Council for the Advancement of Rastafari (ICAR).
The retreat will be held online.
The NRC is one of 12 national committees appointed to liaise with the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) to organize and promote related activities in CARICOM member-states.