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Nature Island Shines at Virginia Carnival and CaribFest 2018

by Gabriel J. Christian, President at Rebuild Dominica Inc.

As the summer ran its course, Rebuild Dominica stalwarts LaDàna Drigo, Joan Christian, Ta’Tyani “Anyé ” Young, and Tarnia Green, worked diligently alongside Sabiena George Mingo, Don Mingo and other members of “Know Your Culture Dance Group” to prepare costumes for the Virginia Carnival Norfolk CaribFest.

The Know Your Culture Dance Group was founded in 2008 to promote Dominica’s traditional dance and music among young and old in the United States by former Dominica Girl Guide and Junior Carnival Queen from the 1970s Sabiena George Mingo. With the solid support of her US Navy veteran husband, New Jersey born Don Mingo, Know Your Culture has distinguished itself by training US born children of the Dominica Diaspora and others in various traditional Dominica dance forms like the bèlè and quadrille. In then words of Mingo, “when our US born kids have a solid grasp of Dominica culture they will have the pride and confidence to make better contributions to where they live, while remembering to support their ancestral home. We even train those with out roots in Dominica and that way we promote tourism.”

On August 18th 2018, Dominica was given pride of place and led the parade which flowed through Norfolk’s canyon of high rise commercial buildings, with hundreds of ecstatic spectators cheering on the Dominica contingent bearing the national flag and gaily colored madras patterned costumes. The women in the Dominica Diaspora contingent were beautiful and their red sash wearing male companions were a delight to watch as they danced to lively calypso music in this major U.S. Navy town.

Dominica was in the house, and the home town crowd gave a warm welcome to the representatives of the Nature Isle whose plucky folk had survived the horrors of Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Our faith and united efforts, despite the hurdles of that natural disaster and man-made obstacles, showed that we were alive as a people and determined to make Dominica smile again. Our unique Creole jing-ping music, sensay costumes, and wob dwiyets were a unique and spectacular component of the carnival with none to compare. In the glow of our determination and faith to survive and thrive we brought smiles to all who partook of the awesome 2018 Norfolk Caribbean Festival.

Rebuild Dominica was happy to partner with an ace organization dedicated to the patriotic ethic and the promotion of the best of our culture and tourism product. Tourism brochures from the Discover Dominica Authority were distributed to attendees at a booth erected in the park which hosted the festival. We say, “Well done Sabiena George Mingo and Know Your Culture! You rock out!”

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PRESS RELEASE: INAUGURAL NATURE ISLAND FUTURES CONFERENCE

by Irving “Eipigh” Pascal

 For Immediate Release:

INAUGURAL NATURE ISLAND FUTURES CONFERENCE: An Independence 2018 Activity

  THE FUTURE OF THE NATURE ISLAND CONFERENCE: WHEN SEWO ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH

Roseau, Dominica (October 29, 2018) — Reunions provide people with an opportunity to make new strides from consolidated gains. As the people of Dominica reflect on the past 40 years, from 1978 to 2018, it is clear that we have achieved much. There has been growth in music and other cultural arts, sports and agriculture; generally, the Nature Island citizens have achieved and excelled. Amidst the celebration of the food, music and Creole culture, ‘WE’ presents another dimension – Dominica – 40 Years After, through the ‘Future of the Nature Isle Conference.’

WE’ signifies the unity of purpose behind the initiative. The conference is convened as a collaborative effort and will be held at the Public Service Union Conference Center on Wednesday October 31, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. under the theme: ‘The Big Idea: Nature Island of the World in word and DEED.’

This inaugural ‘Future of the Nature Isle Conference’ will add value to the 2018 reunion activities. ‘WE’ believes that the emphasis on ‘sewo’ during the 2018 reunion celebrations and the absence of intellectual balance/content create a void that the conference will fill. The ‘Big Idea’ of the conference is to reinforce Dominica’s position as the Nature Island of the World.

Dr. Irving ‘Eipigh’ Pascal leads the initiative and is seeking to promote an intellectual assessment of the Nature Island brand. “The Future of the Nature Island Conference provides balance to an otherwise sewo-heavy Independence program. One of the myths of independence is that once it is obtained it becomes a fait accompli – we have nothing more to do as we are the masters of our own destiny in a globalist world.

“This is a non-partisan call for the people of the Dominica at home and abroad to engage in a discussion on where we were in 1978, where we are in 2018 and where we should be in 2058. Come ye forward son and daughters. Sound the call!” Dr. Pascal stated.

Another presenter at the conference is Albert “BO” Bannis who will deliberate on the topic: ‘Techno-politics of the Nature Isle of the World.’ There will also be group sessions on agriculture in the Nature Isle of the World, Tourism in the Nature Island of the World, Education in the Nature Island of the World, Migration-Implications for the Nature Island of the World, Political Governance in the Nature Island of the World, Healthcare in the Nature Island of the World and Formulae for a Return to Isle of Beauty, Isle of splendor/Cleaning the Nature Isle.

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The Launching of The Caribbean Space Society

Please join us in supporting the Institute of Caribbean Studies to mark WORLD SPACE WEEK with an online Forum “Why the Caribbean Needs a Space Agenda”, on Monday, October 8th and the launching of the Caribbean Space Society

This forum will be moderated by Rebuild Dominica Inc. President, Mr. Gabriel Christian, Esq., and hosted by Courtney McFarlane and Dr. Claire Nelson. Streaming live from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm EDT. To attend and participate please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smart-caribbean-online-forum-tickets-51053926669.

How We Share Space is one of the 30 issues being addressed by ICS’ SMART CARIBBEAN initiative launched earlier this year, which promotes the concept of entangled sustainable systems, meaningful metrics, agile and adaptable agency, robust resilience and transformative use of technology as the DNA of the paradigm shift required for the Caribbean to successfully navigate the shoals of the emerging future.

The formation of a Caribbean Space Society is an outcome of a scenario study developed and first performed by ICS President, Leading Futurist and Sustainability Engineer, Dr. Nelson under the theme “Moon Runnings” at the Emerge Festival of the Future, organized at Arizona State University.

“The need for a Caribbean Space Agency is critical, and it is my hope that the Caribbean Space Society, we co-create with all like-minded peers, to ensure that the Caribbean is not left behind in the race for space”, states Gabriel Christian, Esq. — Co-Convenor of the ICS’ Caribbean Space Society.

Monday’s online forum will feature CARAH Honorees — Sir Edward Cheung, NASA Scientist and inventor of ARUBA Satellite; Robert Rashford, CEO of Genesis Engineering Systems and designer of Hubble Telescope payload; and Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne, NASA Scientist and first Caribbean woman to be successful in astronaut training.

 

6th Annual Dominica Cultural Awards Gala

The highly anticipated Dominica Cultural Awards Gala organized by the Association of Dominicans in the Northeast USA (ADNExUS) in conjunction with Know Your Culture Dance Troupe, the Dominica United Cricket Club, the North American Association for the Advancement of La Plaine and the Northeast USA Wesley Chapter will be held at the Montclair Women’s Club in Montclair, New Jersey on Saturday, September 22, 2018, starting at 7 pm.

The collaborating groups will be celebrating the 6th anniversary of this event, which raises funds to support deserving Dominican causes, and will assemble a diverse lineup of talented Dominicans to share the spotlight and enrich the program for the benefit of supporters.

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DATE AND TIME: Sat, September 22, 2018 from 7 PM – 11 PM EST

LOCATION: Montclair Women’s Club @ 82 Union St., Montclair, NJ 07042

ORGANIZERASSOCIATION OF DOMINICANS IN THE NORTHEAST USA

Organizer of 6th Annual Dominica Cultural Awards Gala

The Association of Dominicans in the Northeast USA, originated from the Northeast USA Wesley Committee, and was formed in 2014. Out of a need to bring together the various civic groups of like mind that are focused on contributing to the development of Dominica, but wish to do so in a cohesive and purpose-driven manner.

The Association’s overall objectives are to identify and support programs that promote the island of Dominica in the areas of health, through the provision of medical supplies; education through scholarships to young Dominicans; community outreach with a focus on Dominican businesses and more mature Dominicans; and tourism through cultural and destination educational programs.

Rebuild Dominica Inc Partners with Know Your Culture For CaribFest 2018 in Norfolk, VA

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Founded on October 1, 2005, The Virginia Caribbean-American Cultural Association Inc. (VCACA) remains true to its mission:  bridging the literacy gap both educationally and culturally, and support other social programs in the community.

The nonprofit provides scholarships to college students who are financially disadvantaged but, wish to continue and complete their college aspirations. VCACA also promotes youth development programs. Their biggest annual fundraiser is CaribFest, which will host its 13th annual festival and parade on Saturday, August 18, 2018.

Rebuild Dominica Inc has partnered with Know Your Culture (KYC) to showcase our beautiful Nature Isle this year during CaribFest in Norfolk, Virginia (VA). In preperation for the upcoming event in Norfolk, volunteers from Rebuild Dominica Inc — Mrs. Joan Christian, LaDana Drigo and Ta’Tyani Young — met with the Founder of KYC, Sabiena George Mingo, to prepare for KYC’s section of the CaribFest parade.

KYC is a New Jersey based dance group focused on performing, celebrating and teaching the cultural, traditional dances of Dominica. KYC has performed at many popular Caribbean events.

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KYC’s mission is to promote Dominica’s wonderful culture using national wear, traditional dances and cultural music. Performances in the Diaspora allow American audiences to experience Dominica’s culture in true Dominica Independence fashion!

To learn more about CaribFest or to secure tickets online, log on to www.virginiacaribfest.com.