History of The NKC
The first Kriol organization in Belize was started by Leela Vernon in Punta Gorda Town. Leela Vernon is well known for her “bruk down” music. In 1995 a group in Belize City decided to start another Kriol Organization in the City and later they decided to join with the group from Punta Gorda to form the National Kriol Council (NKC). The first President of the Council was Ruby Marrith who is now deceased. The second president was Bredda David who was succeeded by Myrna Manzanares. The current President is Ms. Dana Rhamdas who was elected in April 2012.
The National Kriol Council operates to satisfy four major Programs Areas
Cultural Preservation - The council seeks to establish an Annual Kriol Festival which would foster the preservation of key Cultural elements in a fun and inclusive fashion. The teaching of Kriol History and Language along with the Cultural Documentation of our oral history are two other means by which this program area shall be satisfied.
Advocacy - The Kriol Council has sought to make key links with major Cultural Organizations such as the National Institute of Culture and Art and also the Central American Black Organization (CABO). The council has representations at key forums, seminars and training both locally and regionally, advocating for and creating a framework for the development of the Kriol population across Belize.
Social and Economic Development - The Council has recently embarked on plans to develop an Eco-cultural tourism project and a Food production project in rural communities. These two projects will bring about a multi-fold series of benefits for the council and also the Kriol in Belize. The concept of involving young people in the transfer of Kriol culture to tourists enables them to obtain lost historical elements of our culture which then puts them in a position to teach and to pass on these valuable information. The Food production project can foster a re-emergence of Kriol techniques in food preparation, nurturing not only cultural preservation but also social and economic development.
Research and Development. - The Council’s major scheme in Research and Development comes about in the oral documentation of Kriol History, Culture, Stories, Drama and Folklore.
The NKC Flag
The colors and symbols of the NKC Flag represents the following:
Motto - “Wan wan okro ful baaskit” Literally: One by one, okras fill a basket - Meaning: Gradually, tasks are accomplished
The Circle - Represents the life cycle
The leaves and the boats - represents the 14 men from Flowers Bank (Belize District) cast the tie breaking votes on June 1, 1797 to stay and defend the Settlement.
Drums: communication that continues to bring Kriol People together; heart beat of our African roots
White: This color represents peace
Gold and Green: These colors are synonymous with wealth and prosperity representing our rich culture and spirituality
Brown: Represents the mixture of our Sisters and Brothers who choose to identify with the Afro Heritage
Red: Represents the blood of our Ancestors
Black: Represents a strong foundation