Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander rights

“We must respect each other’s right to choose a collective destiny, and the opportunity to develop the legal and political rights for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples so that we may enjoy the right to maintain our culture, our heritage and our land, as a united Australia.” source

Jackie Huggins

Aboriginal Australians are the world’s oldest civilization. source

Australian English borrows more than 400 words from Aboriginal languages. source

palawa kani is the reconstructed language of Tasmanian Aboriginal people made up of between 8 and 16 separate languages. source

727,485 people identified as Aboriginal and 38,660 as Torres Strait Islander in the 2016 census. source

Closing the Gap is a government strategy that aims to reduce disadvantage among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Check out these Aboriginal heritage issues of site destruction and artefact returns; Sacred Aboriginal petroglyphs to be returned in Tasmania, mining blast destroyed two 46,000yo sites, and a highway threatens sacred birthing trees.

Indigenous Deaths in Custody: Statistical information by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Beyond Blue has excellent videos and campaigns, such as The Invisible Discriminator, also information on reducing depression and anxiety among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Check out our YouTube playlist for some short videos on Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander rights.

Checkout the Ask Away! videos and resources on identity, stereotypes and more – real questions answered by real people from the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. 

The Who We Are series has short videos for primary and secondary students with .

Test your knowledge on Indigenous history.

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTAR)Take a stand and show your support for justice, rights and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Here’s 9 things you can do to make a difference.

Riawunna has support and advice for Aboriginal  and Torres Strait Islander students at or thinking about going to university.

TAC (Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre) represents the political and community development aspirations of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.

The South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (SETAC) facilitates the empowerment of the Aboriginal people of South East Tasmania.

Karadi serves Aboriginal people and their families in achieving strong cultural identity, good health and quality of life.

Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service (TALS) specialises in criminal, civil and family law matters for Aboriginal people in Tasmania.

The Office of Aboriginal Affairs (OAA) is the primary resource for and adviser to the Government on policy issues affecting Tasmania’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

The Orb has brilliant resources about Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures by the Aboriginal Education Service.

Other learning resources

A Fairer World has posters, classroom activities, books, DVDs and web links on issues such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights. Contact us for a complete list of resources available free or on loan to members.

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