President, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere has urged the Great Council of Chiefs members to ensure that the issues and concerns of the iTaukei are their top priority as they have been selected by the Vanua to represent their people in this meeting.
In his opening address for the GCC meeting and the Ratu Sukuna celebrations on Bau Island, Ratu Wiliame reminded the members that the GCC was setup to be the voice of the iTaukei people to the Government and this should be its top priority.
He says the members are leaders in their own Vanua and they are tasked to look after their people.
The President adds they hope this meeting will bring about change, not only in the iTaukei community but for everyone who call Fiji their home.
Ratu Wiliame also reminded the members of the legacy and life of the late Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna, who was a great statesman of Fiji.
He also acknowledged the coalition government's decision to bring back the GCC.
The government then presented a matanigasau to the members of the GCC to ask for forgiveness in relation to the disestablishment of the GCC and they also presented a matanigasau to the church.
The church also presented a matanigasau to the GCC members.
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