Language strengthens wellbeing

Bula Vinaka!! This week we’re celebrating Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti – Language Week – and reflect on the theme Noqu Vosa, Ai Vakadei ni Noqu Tiko Vinaka, my language provides stability to my wellbeing.

The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito Sio said while launching the week on Sunday October 3 that the theme embraced the central theme for the Pacific Language Week series this year which was wellbeing.

“This theme is a bold statement about how our mother tongue must provide the foundation for which our cultural, traditions and our faith can rest. Because when we have our language we have our story, when we have our story, we know where we have been and where we are going,” said Mr Sio.

Mr Sio said the theme also reminds us that as well as the importance of our physical health, the other aspects that make up our overall wellbeing are vital.

The recent Covid-19 outbreak, he added has made this holistic view of wellbeing even more important.

“We all love to take part in these events in person, unfortunately that’s not possible while we’re still doing everything, we can to keep our communities safe.

“The Ministry of Pacific Peoples is ensuring its online programmes provide plenty of opportunity for people from all walks of life to bask in the beauty of ni vosa vakaviti and Fijian culture and heritage.”