In a release from the Prime Minister's office, he said she "worked tirelessly to sensitise us to the role and contributions of the First Peoples Community and continuously strived to preserve and revitalise Amerindian history and traditions."
He said the Carib Queen was one of the key advocates who lobbied Government to honour a long-standing call for a one-off holiday to formally recognise her community's presence.
The PNM Government granted the request and the holiday was celebrated on October 13th, 2017, with Queen Jennifer Cassar leading a procession through the streets of Arima.
Jennifer Cassar died on Thursday evening, after a short illness. She was 66.