Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum officiated at the ‘Remembering Fiji’s Girmit Heritage’ celebrations at Albert Park this evening.
AG highlighted the struggles and achievements the descendants accomplished and said that as a nation it is very critical for us to recognize the history of Fijians including the indenture experience.
He said perhaps this is one of those stories that are least uttered or least told.
“At one stage there was very little display about the Girmit issue at the Fiji Museum. Now a lot more history is being told through the Museum. It is very important for us to be able to have that collective memory and history about what happened in Fiji,” Acting Prime Minister, Sayed- Khaiyum said.
“We must be able to see this as a celebration of individual human beings who came to a country that was foreign to them, adopted it, their descendants adopted it and their descendants do not know any other place other than Fiji as their home. They of course are now Fijians. They have always been Fijians but now legally they can call themselves Fijians. They have been given the right to do that.”
He highlighted that there are plans next year for a nation wide celebration on the 140th year of Remembering Fiji’s Girmit Heritage’ celebrations.