STAFF members of the Ministry of Labour received a dose of inspiration yesterday afternoon as their minister Jone Usamate spoke to them about the importance of celebrating unity within the country, particularly on Independence Day.
In marking Fiji's 43rd anniversary, Mr Usamate said the nation had to remember how to emanate oneness in everything they did, and not only come together when the Sevens team wins a tournament.
"From pre-historic times, Fiji has always been a mixing ground of people and at the end of the day, we're all Fijian, no matter where you came from. Fijians have always been a mix," he said.
"There is no such thing as a pure Indian or a pure iTaukei person, the only thing we are are pure human beings."
He said this year's Independence Day was important for other reasons, namely the establishment of the Constitution.
"And for the first time ever, the Constitution sees us as the same. Everybody in Fiji is seen as an equal human being no matter the difference in our sex, our religion, our ethnic background, we are all the same."
He challenged people to plant this belief in the minds of their children, their families, their churches and their communities.
"Fiji is one and the stronger we push for that, the stronger our country will become and that's the challenge for us all — to see ourselves as one nation."