The GCC evo­lu­tion

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Ti­moci Gau­nav­inaka, Nau­sori

I thank those writ­ers who tried so hard to jus­tify the ex­is­tence and rel­e­vance of the Great Coun­cil of Chiefs (GCC) from some his­tor­i­cal records of 100 to 200 years ago, in­clud­ing the era com­monly known as “daku-nikuila”.

Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and sci­en­tific records (via ra­dio-car­bon dat­ing) showed that Fiji was set­tled more than 1260BC. That is more than 3260 years ago. This would mean that this 200 year chap­ter of our his­tory is just six per cent of Fiji’s over­all hu­man set­tle­ment his­tory. (200/3260 = 0.06). This would mean that 94 per cent of Fiji’s hu­man ge­o­graph­i­cal his­tory is un­ac­counted for. For this fun­da­men­tal rea­son, we can­not log­i­cally claim that this cho­sen six per cent chap­ter of our re­cent his­tory is the only true rep­re­sen­ta­tive ex­am­ple of our iTaukei cul­ture and tra­di­tional her­itage. Even the ar­rival of the gun changed the bal­ance of power in our tribal war his­tory and if we’re al­lowed to con­tinue with­out the ar­rival of mis­sion­ar­ies, who knows? May be some para­mount chiefly fam­i­lies of to­day would be com­mon­ers and vise-aversa. What is rel­e­vant to­day is that un­der the cur­rent reg­is­tra­tion of na­tive land own­er­ship on the VKB (Vola ni Kawa Bula) is dis­trib­uted on toka­toka, mataqali and yavusa lines.

No na­tive land is reg­is­tered to be­long to a yasana, matan­itu or even to a vanua. That is what we should base our ar­gu­ment on to­day. In some parts of Fiji, some mataqali and toka­toka own more lands than some yavusa.

In some places, there are three vil­lages, all from the same yavusa and in some places like in Sanasana in Nadroga that has seven yavusa in one sin­gle vil­lage (in­clud­ing two yavusa vakaru­rugi). Our cul­ture and tra­di­tion has been evolv­ing for thou­sands of years and will con­tinue to so. Even some hard­core sup­port­ers of the GCC in the Op­po­si­tion bench in Par­lia­ment have non-iTaukei blood run­ning in the veins of their own fam­i­lies to­day mak­ing them very much part of this evo­lu­tion. We have pro­gressed well and peace­fully for al­most 10 years with­out the GCC and we should con­tinue to do so as the peo­ple of this coun­try man­dated in the re­sult of the last elec­tion.

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