Volunteers wanted for cultural ID-card committee

POSTED: 11/7/12 12:33 PM

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Nation Building Foundation wants to set up a cultural ID-card committee and it is looking for volunteers willing to help out. One of the tasks for this committee will be to determine “who will receive our St. Martin cultural ID-card and therefore can be considered a St. Martiner,” foundation president Leopold James stated in an email to this newspaper.

Committee-members will be charged with among other things fine-tuning the application procedure, issuing application-forms, and doing research on applicants. They are also expected to “work with all relevant government authorities and private sector businesses on obtaining special benefits for ID-card holders.”

James set out a 9-point profile for candidate-committee members. They must for instance preferably be ID-card holders and be willing to pledge loyalty to the preservation of St. Martin people and their heritage. Candidates should also preferably be “a public figure like an activist, a civil servant, educator, historian or professional of some kind.”

James stated in his email that a growing number of islanders wishes to express its cultural identity “and determination to preserve our St. Martin heritage and rights to come first right here at home.”

“While our St. Martin ID-card cannot and is not intended to replace our Dutch or French nationalities, which are colonial identities controlled by Paris and The Hague, having our own ID-card is proof that we are growing as a people. That will result in more respect from everybody else on the island,” James stated.

People who are interested on serving on the ID-card committee should contact James at 544 35 12, 520 43 25, 587 52 07 or (for the French side) 0590 27 24 01. The foundation’s web site is www.stmartinnation.org.

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