Australia Indigenous Peoples

Australia MapAustralia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. For at least 40,000 years before European colonization in the late 18th century, Australia was inhabited by indigenous people who belonged to one or more of roughly 250 language groups. Traditionally most indigenous Australians were hunter-gatherers, with a complex oral culture and spiritual values based on reverence for the land and a belief in the Dreamtime. The indigenous population, estimated at 750,000 to 1,000,000 at the time of European colonization, rapidly declined as a result of disease, government policies, destruction of traditional lifeways, and other actions. Today, the indigenous people of Australia – commonly referred to as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – comprise 2.3% of the total population. Like their indigenous brothers and sisters, they face a number of common struggles: sovereignty, the right to self-determination, preservation of language and heritage, rights to land and natural resources, impacts from climate change and environmental damage, and recognition within local, federal, and international governments and laws.

Northern Territory: Indigenous People Core To Success In Northern Development Push 04-07-2014
Australia: Next Step Towards Indigenous Constitutional Recognition 03-28-2014
Australia: Proposed Changes To The Racial Discrimination Act Threaten Racial Cohesion 03-27-2014
Western Australia: Banjima People Celebrate Recognition Following Federal Court Battle 03-17-2014
Western Australia: Landmark High Court Decision Rules Native Title Rights Not Extinguished By Mining Leases 03-17-2014
Australia: Justice 03-08-2014
Australia: What Works To Improve Education And Employment Outcomes For Indigenous Australians 03-03-2014
New South Wales: Githabul People Opposed To Gasfield Industrialisation Of Spiritual Lands 02-22-2014
Australia: First Language First - An Educational Philosophy That Instils Localised Regimes Of Truth, Positive Intergenerational Power Relations And Personal Freedom 02-19-2014
Northern Territory: Unravelling The Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT) Of 1976 12-06-2013
Australia: First Meeting Of The Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Council 12-06-2013
Northern Territory: Labor Denies Aboriginal People A Job 11-25-2013
Queensland: 500th Queensland Indigenous Land Use Agreement Registered 11-25-2013
Northern Territory: Yolŋuw Makarr Dhuni (Yolngu Nations Assembly) Statement On 99 Year Leases 11-20-2013
Australia: Australian Indigenous Population Projections - 2011 Census Papers 11-15-2013
Northern Territory: Dismantling The Land Rights Act (NT) 1976 11-08-2013
Northern Territory: Is This Cultural Assimilation By Shame? - Reflecting On Social Stigmas Being Created By NAPLAN Testing On Central Australian Aboriginal Students 11-08-2013
New South Wales: Euahlayi Peoples Republic Appoint Their Provisional Executive Council Of State 11-06-2013
Northern Territory: Taking Care Of Business At The Indigenous Economic Forum 10-21-2013
Australia: Indigenous Students Achieving Tertiary Success In Queensland 10-12-2013
Northern Territory: Indigenous Men Say No To Family Violence 10-09-2013
Australia: Michael Anderson Returns From UN Symposium And Announced The Next Sovereign Union Meeting 10-07-2013
Australia: Engaging With Indigenous Australia — Exploring The Conditions For Effective Relationships With Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Communities 10-05-2013
Australia: Cancer In Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Peoples Of Australia - An Overview 10-03-2013
Northern Territory: Indigenous Men Take A Stand Against Violence 09-23-2013
Australia: Mentoring Programs Promising For Indigenous Youth At Risk 09-18-2013
Victoria: Boost For Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Protection In Western Victoria 09-12-2013
Australia: Rejecting Pearson’s Overriding Pro-Assimilation Initiative - Our’s Is A Sovereignty Movement For Freedom 09-06-2013
Australia: Congress Says Judge Parties On Their First Nations’ Policies 09-03-2013
New South Wales: Aboriginal Rates Case Back On Track 09-02-2013
Australia: Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Population Nearing 700,000 09-02-2013
Australia: Engaging Relations - Ethnography With An Aboriginal Organisation 08-28-2013
Northern Territory: Supporting Aboriginal Men - New Territory Effort 08-28-2013
Western Australia: James Price Point Gas Plant Dead And Buried 08-26-2013
New South Wales: Euahlayi Nation Declares Independence And Asserts Pre-Existing And Continuing Statehood 08-13-2013
Australia: Indigenous Deaths Associated With Police Contact In Australia - Event Stages And Lessons For Prevention 08-10-2013
Northern Territory: NT Must Block Oil And Gas Exploration In Watarrka National Park Say Traditional Owners 08-05-2013
Australia: Benefiting Indigenous Communities Through Native Title Reform 08-05-2013
Northern Territory: Historic Conviction Of Miner For Desecrating Sacred Site 08-02-2013
South Australia: New Agreement To Continue Delivering Housing In Remote Communities In South Australia 08-01-2013
Australia: Supporting Indigenous Women Across Australia 08-01-2013
Australia: Indigenous Australians More Likely To Be Seriously Or Fatally Injured In Land Transport Accidents 07-29-2013
Northern Territory: Creating Stronger Futures For Children In The Territory 07-26-2013
Australia: Recent Growth In Indigenous Self-Employed And Entrepreneurs 07-25-2013
New South Wales: Continued Support For Indigenous Communities In Northern New South Wales 07-25-2013
New South Wales: Continued Support For Aboriginal People In The Illawarra 07-24-2013
Australia: National Aboriginal Health Plan Will Help Close The Gap 07-23-2013
Australia: Non-Communicable Diseases, Infection And Survival In A Retrospective Cohort Of Indigenous And Non-Indigenous Adults In Central Australia 07-21-2013
Queensland: Supporting Indigenous Management Of Queensland's Sea Country 07-19-2013
New South Wales: Inaugural Meeting Of The Peoples Council Of The Murrawarri Republic 07-15-2013
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