GCC meeting: Great Council of Chiefs role can never be erased – Catanasiga

Mats being displayed for the solevu after the completion of the GCC meeting in Bau Island yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

The Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) reconvening on the chiefly island of Bau after a hiatus of 16 years, proves that its role in Fiji can never be erased.

Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS) executive director Vani Catanasiga said this while sharing her views about the significance of the iTaukei institution.

“The reconvening of the GCC is indeed a historical juncture of our history as Fiji,” she said.

Ms Catanasiga said the GCC’s role in the way Fiji should be governed could never be erased.

“This fact or knowledge should never again be approached with fear but rather perceived as an opportunity,” she said.

“This is an opportunity for good governance, stability, and prosperity for Fiji and all its future generations.”

She said they hoped the meeting would provide a platform for traditional leaders to bring innovative ideas, vanua wisdom and mana to enhance stewardship of the country for the benefit of all.

“FCOSS and its members will continue to uphold our traditional leaders and the vanua in their prayers as they embark on this journey tomorrow.”

Chief herald to the Turaga Bale na Vunivalu na Tui Kaba Ratu Aisea Jack Komaitai said hosting the GCC had brought so many blessings to the island.

The GCC meeting was officiated by President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere with more than 3000 people in attendance.

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