FIFTH WORLD INDIGENOUS CONFERENCE ENDS IN NEW ZEALAND

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (December 17, 1998 - Radio Australia)---The Fifth World Indigenous Youth conference ends in New Zealand today.

Eight hundred youths from throughout the Pacific, the Americas and other part of the world have been attending the conference.

Twenty-three year old delegate Diat Alfarink from Badu Island in the Torres Strait said the conference has given her the confidence to confront issues such as identity and racism.

"For me it's about doing and being a role model within our own community," she said, "and actively doing things that promote our identity and culture.

"I think that's the strength that we need to get from our culture, which has always been there, but we have to reclaim it

" And that's the thing about reawakening." Said Alfarink.

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