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Victoria Village: Kings & Queens Ball – Brooklyn NY – August 29, 2014

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VICTORIA VILLAGE PETITION – Media Release

VICTORIA VILLAGE PETITION – Media Release

18 May 2011:

 ANCESTORS TO BE HONOURED FOR HISTORIC CONTRIBUTIONS

The bold, unprecedented, and courageous act of the eighty-three (83) former-slaves who conceptualized a future away from the sugar plantation, associated with slavery and dehumanization, will be formally acknowledged in the country’s highest institution when The Victoria Petition is read on the floor of the National Assembly tomorrow.

 The occasion comes almost one hundred seventy-two years after the 83 ancestors of Victorians pooled their resources and purchased an abandoned cotton plantation at an exorbitant price and transformed it into an orderly and prosperous community.

The subject and summary of the Petition states:

“In the matter of recognizing the historic and extraordinary contributions of the “Group of 83” Proprietors who Purchased an abandoned Plantation and thereafter Established the First Village in post-emancipation Guyana; who pioneered a system of self-governance and introduced an economic system founded on the principles of co-operativism; and who thereby made lasting and significant contributions to the development of modern Guyana and emerged a model of global significance and continued relevance:”

The Petitioners note the appropriateness, significance, and timing of this event coming a few days before the forty-fifth anniversary of Guyana’s attainment of national independence. They reference that national achievement to the purchase of plantation Northbrook, the emergence of a constitution for the good order of the community, and the installation of a governance system which served as the precursors to national self-determination.

In their humble Petition, the descendants, residents, and heirs of the Proprietors of Plantation Northbrook (renamed Victoria) make request for the recognition of the historic contributions of their Ancestors, the “Group of 83” Proprietors who established the First Village in post-emancipation Guyana and thereby catalyzed the Village Movement with its significant, indelible, and transformational contributions to the development of Guyana.

While it is the distinct honour of Victorians to make the Petition, the act associates all the ancestors and descendants of those who purchased lands and established villages in the three counties of post-emancipation Guyana signalling the formal closure of the dark night of human degradation under slavery and representing the dawn of a new phase in the long quest of the Guyanese people for social and economic justice, freedom, and human dignity.

The Leader of the Opposition Mr. Robert Corbin, MP will present the Victoria Petition.

18 May 2011:

Conference Leadership & Planning Committee: Secretariat: Victoria, East Coast Demerara, GUYANA, South America:

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Petition for Parliament:> THE VICTORIA PETITION MAY 19 2011

Friends of Victoria Village -Diaspora Gala – NYC

GUYANESE ONLINE NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2010 RELEASED

Guyanese Online Newsletter – October 2010  released

DownloadGuyanese Online Newsletter – October 2010

This  issue is 18 pages, the largest ever published.  It features a number of pages on the Amerindians of Guyana, September being their annual Heritage Month.  The “First Peoples of Guyana” have been here for over 10.000 years.

The October Newsletter  contains positive Guyana News;  Regional News; Tourism;   and three pages of news from various Guyanese Associations.   It also has three pages featuring  Guyanese Arts and Culture  and four pages on the history and related information on the Amerindians.

We hope that you enjoy this edition of our newsletter.  Please forward it to your family, friends and anyone interested in Guyanese news and culture.

We look forward to your comments.

Cyril Bryan,  Publisher and Editor.

Guyanese Online Newsletter – October 2010

GUYANESE ONLINE NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2010

Download: Guyanese Online Newsletter – October 2010

This  issue is 18 pages, the largest ever published.  It features a number of pages on the Amerindians of Guyana, September being their annual Heritage Month.  The “First Peoples of Guyana” have been here for over 10.000 years.

The October Newsletter  contains positive Guyana News;  Regional News; Tourism;   and three pages of news from various Guyanese Associations.   It also has three pages featuring  Guyanese Arts and Culture  and four pages on the history and related information on the Amerindians.

We hope that you enjoy this edition of our newsletter.  Please forward it to your family, friends and anyone interested in Guyanese news and culture.

We look forward to your comments.

Cyril Bryan,  Publisher and Editor.

Victoria’s historic Model of Village Governance

Victoria’s historic Model of Village Governance

Copyright. 2007.  Excerpt from a new book on The Guyana Villages by Eusi Kwayana.

The book by Mr William Arno, stalwart head teacher, and Inspector of Schools, educationist, famous in his time, gives us much I formation about the First post emancipation village in Guyana. In particular it lists the 83 original proprietors, who took the simple step of buying a village to be controlled by persons who had been enslaved up to 1834 and lawlessly forced to work for another four years until 1838.

Taking over land by purchase and setting up a new mini -civilization called a village was not a cake walk.  We often forget that the colonizers and the Sugar directors and Attorneys had passed laws to make it difficult for the emancipated men and women to acquire land. As the rulers saw it, when Africans got land the plantations would lose labour.  Continue reading

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