RAIZAL PEOPLE HISTORY
A space for reflexion, learning and readiness. Know your roots, your own story, your history.
The Indigeneous Raizal People of the Caribbean, of the Archipelago of San Andres, Old Providence and Santa Catalina
Choose the day(s) best for you, and take this short introductory training. Call and register, or do so here online.
Training can be at the Christian University (C.U.) or at a place you provide. Have a nice time studying while you improve yourself - all in a naturally relaxing place.
Learn from years of research and experience. Due to their familiarity with all the topics, we have chosen a Raizal professional team.
Take part in transforming your Territory. The training is free, still, we encourage you to compromise with some community social work.
An explanation of the first version of the Raizal Statute for autonomy ("Estatuto Raizal"), in the 1980s, and its outreach. Understand the retaken of the Estatuto Raizal after the takeover of the airport in San Andres island, led by the AMEN-SD Movement (1999), and the active role of the SOS Movement leaders; as well as the retaken of the process after the International Court of Justice' ruling over the territorial dispute between Colombia and Nicaragua (2012), the role of AMEN-SD Movement and the newborn Indigenous Raizal National Authority (INRA); and the participation of the Raizal Diaspora that started to get consolidated, after the destruction of the islands by hurricane IOTA (2020).
Do you know the reasons for so long delay toward the restoration of the territorial, self-determination, and self-government rights of the Raizal People?
Understand the origin of the current problems that the People have on the Archipelago, which got consolidated during these last 200 years. What caused the overpopulation (which is considered the main problem), and all the economic, cultural, social, religious, environmental, and political effects.
You need to understand the invented "post-colonial" Southamerican principle of "Uttis Possedetis Juris" that was used to claim sovereignty over the Raizal People Territory. Understand how the Colombianization process took place, and how the story before the Esguerras-Barcenas Treaty (1928) between Nicaragua and Colombia had not been explained.
In a clear and very didactic way, you will get a full understanding of the Raizal People history, related to the Caribbean and the World. You will find many answers about the Raizal People:
You will be able to understand the similar processes of colonialism that occured in the Caribbean, America, the Pacific, Oceania and Africa, with people in situation like the Raizal People. Know of different political, social and economic models; different approaches to self-determination, its evolution and the state of art.
Understand the realitiy of development for small islands; their fragility, vulnerabilities, and treats to sustainability.
You will find nice spaces for healthy debates, that take the situation of the Raizal Territory to a very profound and critical analysis from an integral view. Aspects like:
Understand the essence of collective rights.
You wouldn't stay just with the problem, but you will have a space to find and to build solutions. You are to become:
Understand the social, economic and political systems that affects the reality of the Archipelago. Development will be analyzed from views like:
The RAIZAL SELF-DETERMINATION & DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL (RSDS) is an institution of informal education that study the history of the Raizal People, the cultural identity, human rights, land right, right of nature, self-determination and development rights. It includes also the study about poverty from a biblical framework, and the ways to alleviate it.
Deal with the human rights system, the history and the understanding of all generations of human rights; with emphasis on the collective rights.
Shows the timeline of the establishment of the ancestors of the Raizal People on this Archipelago in the Caribbean; the composition of their origins; their process of liberation from colonialism, and their continual struggle to decolonize, and to have self-determination.
Explains the real essence of the right to self-determination, understanding sovereignty and the right to modernize their own political structures.
Understanding the right to development, and its relation with self-determination. Show the concept of poverty from a biblical framework.
Human rights activist
Co-Founder of the Son of the Soil Movement
Human Rights activists
Human Right Activist
Attorney and pastor
You might have heard different versions of a single story about the Raizal People. That such a single story continues to rob the Raizal People of its true history, identity and dignity.
In order to recover all those, we are here retelling our story... our own story, and overcome the danger of having just a single story (other one story).
Emancipates yourselves from mental slavery.
"...The issue of whose minds are colonized is a delicate one. We all know people whose minds have been colonized. Who are they? They are other people -- people out there. They are somebody else. Not us.
It's time we did the unthinkable and asked ourselves if we have been colonize..." (Jane Anne Morris)
A massive, in-depth teaching and practical exercise of those and other rights are needed. Self-determination and development are essentially collective human rights, and their implementation calls for the understanding (consciousness) and empowerment of the people as an all, not only of some.
I like this training, I learn so much about history, and understand who are the Raizal People, get to know so much about our ancestors in the Caribbean. I saw development and self-determination from a total new perspective, and am able to understand the ways of action that are necessary to see changes.
I only reglet i never take the training long ago. Oh, who much I could had share with my students. These are knowledges that will bring counsciousness and transformation to the land.