KATO HOSTS SUCCESSFUL LEGAL TRAINING PROGRAMME 14 November 2011

Kato Amerindian community hosted a successful training programme in their village from Monday 7th to Friday 11th November. The Patamona and Macushi people of Region 8 successfully completed four days of legal training on the Amerindian Act 2006. Toshaos, councillors and villagers travelled from different parts of Region 8. The different villages who attended were Bamboo Creek, Chiung Mouth, Itabac, Kaibarupai, Kamana, Kanapang, Kato, Kopinang, Kurukubaru, Monkey Mountain, Orinduik, Paramakatoi, Taruka, Tussaneng and Waipa.


The participants learned about the Amerindian Act and their land rights including demarcation. Several communities raised problems about mining on their titled lands without their permission. Some people said they had been misled by NGOs over their land rights and they were confused. They had United Nations documents and they did not know about Guyana law.


Toshao Maxwell Andrew of Kato, the host village said,
“The result of the workshop was successful. I believe all the leaders have learned something about the Amerindian Act and we have to use it. It is our Act.”