Use the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the principles of democracy, equality, and social justice – ERC

The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) extends 58th Independence Day greetings to all Guyanese. It is a momentous occasion that marks the anniversary of Guyana’s sovereignty and nationhood.
On May 26, 1966, Guyana gained independence from colonial rule, ushering in a new era of freedom, democracy and national pride. Since then, Independence Day has been a symbol of patriotism, reminding us of the sacrifices and struggles of our forebears in the fight for independence and the shaping of our national identity.
Independence Day is not only a time for celebration, but also a time for reflection and renewal. It is an opportunity for us to reaffirm our commitment to the principles of democracy, equality, and social justice, which are the foundation of our nation. It is a time to honour the contributions of all Guyanese towards the development of our Guyana.
The hoisting of the Golden Arrowhead on this anniversary, and every day in public spaces, honours our unique Guyanese identity, and is a subtle recurrent reminder that the country remains free and independent to chart its course.
Guyanese from all ethnic groups share this independent homeland that guarantees our democratic rights, such as freedom of worship, association, expression, and equality, among others. Those freedoms cement the ties of diversity which serve as a bond for togetherness. Our multi-ethnic national holidays and our participation in each other’s cultural festivities represent another major aspect of our cooperative republic that has positively affected ethnic relations.
It is the view of the Commission that the importance of unity and solidarity in advancing our nation’s development cannot be understated. We recognize the diversity of our society as a source of strength and resilience, and call upon all Guyanese to embrace our differences and work together towards the prosperity of our nation, which the national motto aptly prescribes as, ‘One People, One Nation, One Destiny.’
Happy Independence to all!