Multi-million dollar Rastafari Trust Fund for Coral Gardens massacre survivors
The Government has moved to set up a Rastafari Trust Fund to benefit survivors of 1963 massacre of rastafarians in Coral Gardens in St James.
Speaking in the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Minister of Culture Olivia Grange said $12 million has already been transferred to the Administrator General's Department, which is to administer the Fund, adding that the government has committed to provide it with $30 million annually.
Grange said the fund’s creation is in keeping the government’s support of the survivors of the incident.
“Since the Prime Minister’s apology on behalf of the Government of Jamaica in 2017, we have built a positive working relationship with the Rastafari community. We are committed to national support for the 21 elders so far identified by the Office of the Public Defender,” Grange said.
In addition to the fund, the culture minister said she will be discussing with the Ministry of Education the creation of three annual scholarships to benefit members of the Rastafari community.
Grange noted that there is still a need for an effective strategy to better communicate with the Rastafari community.