The First Indian Diaspora Conference In Belize Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

AUGUST 6 TO 10, 2014
The Corozal Organization of East Indian Culture and Heritage (COEICH) and the National East Indian Council of Belize – Southern Chapter (NEICBSC), along with the National Institute of Culture and History of Belize (NICH) are having the first Indian diaspora conference in Belize.  The theme of the conference is: “The First Indian Diaspora Conference in Belize: Highlighting Indian Culture and Contribution in a Multi-ethnic Society.”  The first two days of the conference will be held in Corozal Town (Northern Belize) and the next two days will be held in Punta Gorda Town (Southern Belize). 

Academic presentations will be given by presenters from the United States, the Caribbean, and Belize.  Other presentations will be given by elders and others from the Indian community in Belize.  Some of the areas covered in the conference include race relations, entrepreneurship, dreams of young East Indians, medicine, identity, migration, indentured laborers, East Indian women, reparation, outstanding East Indians in Belize, and agriculture, including sugar cane and rice production and yellow ginger processing.

Presenters and participants will tour several East Indian villages.  They will also visit an East Indian museum.  In addition, they will enjoy East Indian foods as well as other dishes specific to Belize. 

As part of the Belize experience, the presenters, especially the foreign nationals, will get to visit a Mayan archeological site (Nim Li Punit), a spice farm, and a trip to Snake Caye in Southern Belize.

All presenters and participants will get a good idea of the Indian Diaspora in Belize.  They will also get a flavor of the country of Belize.