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Talanoa on link between Torres Strait Island and Rotuma

By Felix Chaudhary

AUSTRALIAN Acting Deputy High Commissioner Andrew Shepherd will deliver the opening remarks at a talanoa on the link between Torres Strait Islanders and Rotumans as part of NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) week.

The event, which will be held at the Fiji Museum Verandah on Thursday July 6 and scheduled to begin at 5.30pm, will feature a panel discussion anchored by Fiji National University lecturer Dr Makereta Mua's research on the diasporic connection between the Torres Straits Islands and Rotuma.

In the 1870s, many Rotumans travelled to the Torres Strait Islands to work in the pearling industry.

Dr Mua will be joined by a descendent of this connection – and an elder of the Rotuman community – and Letila Mitchell – Culture Adviser at SPC (Pacific Community) and Artistic Director of Rako.