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Term used to refer to some groups of Indigenous Australians

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Aboriginal Australians: Term used to refer to some groups of Indigenous Australians
Aboriginal Australians are the various indigenous peoples of the Australian mainland, Tasmania, and often the Tiwi Islands. This group contains many distinct peoples that have developed across Australia for over 50,000 years. These peoples have a broadly shared, though complex, genetic history, but it is only in the last two hundred years that they have been defined and started to self identify as a single group. The definition of the term "Aboriginal" has changed over time and place, with the importance of family lineage, self identification and community acceptance all being of varying importance. In the past, Aboriginal Australians lived over large sections of the continental shelf and were isolated on many of the smaller offshore islands when the land was inundated at the start of the inter-glacial. However, they are considered distinct from the Torres Strait Islander people, despite extensive cultural exchange.

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Number of Indigenous children in out-of-home care expected to double

A national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children's strategy is needed to curb the number of Indigenous children in child protection, a report argues.
SBS - Published

'Natural ingredients and bush tucker' as Aboriginal students take over Adelaide fine dining

A group of students from across South Australia are being given training using native ingredients to set them up for careers in hospitality.
SBS - Published

Tanya Day inquest shown 'distressing' video of her falling and hitting head

An inquest into the death of an Aboriginal grandmother who died after a series of falls in custody has been shown video footage of her movements inside a Victorian police station cell.
SBS - Published

Aboriginal volunteer disputes police claims she wouldn’t collect Tanya Day from cells

An Aboriginal justice volunteer denies Victoria Police claims she wouldn't collect intoxicated grandmother Tanya Day because she didn't know her.
SBS - Published

Tanya Day inquest: Officer in case was Aboriginal liaison

A Victorian policeman who took Tanya Day into custody after she was arrested for being drunk was named the Aboriginal liaison officer just a week before.
SBS - Published

CCTV taken hours before Tanya Day’s death in custody shown to inquest

An Aboriginal grandmother who died after a series of falls in police custody was treated "better than equal", Victoria Police officers say.
SBS - Published

Police CCTV played at Vic woman's inquest

An Aboriginal grandmother who died after a series of falls in police custody was treated "better than equal", Victoria Police officers say.
SBS - Published

Woman teary, unsteady in Vic police cell

An Aboriginal grandmother was crying and unsteady at a Victorian police station in the hours before she was found injured on the floor of a cell.
SBS - Published

Tanya Day inquest: Police failed to call ambulance for arrested Aboriginal woman, despite guidelines

An ambulance wasn't called for an Aboriginal woman arrested for being drunk, despite Victoria Police guidelines.
SBS - Published

Inquest into the death of Aboriginal woman Tanya Day in police custody to begin

A coronial inquest into the death of Aboriginal woman Tanya Day in police custody will begin on Monday in Melbourne.
SBS - Published

Portrait of Aboriginal elder Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward wins people's Archibald

David Darcy's striking portrait of West Australian Aboriginal elder Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward has won the 2019 Archibald Prize people's choice award.
SBS - Published

The Aboriginal fashion designer sharing dreamtime stories on the world stage

Colleen Tighe Johnson says she harnesses the spirit of her ancestors through her work and is getting ready to launch her first commercial collection.
SBS - Published

This Aboriginal elder was separated from her family due to a lack of health services

Mildred Numamurdirdi is the only Aboriginal person who is giving direct evidence at the aged care Royal Commission's five-day hearings in Darwin.
SBS - Published

Australia neglects elders despite wealth

Aboriginal Elder Mildred Numamurdirdi is forced to live in Darwin, 800km from her home and family in Numbulwar, because of a lack of aged care services.
SBS - Published

'A very special day': Indigenous elder welcomes World Heritage listing of Aboriginal site Budj Bim

The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape in southwest Victoria has been added to the World Heritage List.
SBS - Published

Great, great, grandson of man on $50 note wants to 'follow in footsteps'

When Izak 17, finishes the HSC, he plans to become a cardiologist so that he can help his Aboriginal community.
The Age - Published

Aboriginal health issues more than just skin deep

Dr Dana Slape is set to be Australia's first Aboriginal dermatologist.
The Age - Published

Explained: Australian copyright laws and the Aboriginal flag

Aboriginal businesses and major sporting codes have been told to stop using the Aboriginal flag on their clothing designs because of a copyright-use agreement.
SBS - Published

Indigenous companies told they can't use the Aboriginal flag over copyright concerns

Aboriginal businesses and major sporting codes have been told to stop using the Aboriginal flag on their clothing designs because of a copyright-use agreement.
SBS - Published

Dreamtime story to bind all Australians

Aboriginal dreamtime, says Auntie Munya Andrews, is a ‘cosmology, a theology’ and it’s rarely understood by non-Indigenous Australians.
The Age - Published

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