Wantok 2012: Australia's South Sea Islanders first national gathering

Wantok 2012: Australia's South Sea Islanders first national gathering

Wantok 2012: Australia's South Sea Islanders first national gathering

Updated 5 April 2012, 16:24 AEST

Australian South Sea Islanders come together in Bundaberg, Queensland, for an historical national conference to discuss the creation of a national body representing their interests.

It's an emotional time for Matt Nagas, third generation South Sea Islander whose ancestors were brought in to work in Queensland's plantations. He says there is a need to promote awareness about the blackbirding legacy and the crucial role South Sea Islanders played in the development of the sugar industry.  

Wantok 2012  is also attended by traditional leaders from Vanuatu who have expressed support for the establishment of a peak body for South Sea Islanders. Emelda Davis, the conference coordinator,  says the national conference  is an opporturnity  to share stories, reconnect  and move forward together as a community and speak in one voice.

 

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