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Noel Pearson backs separate declaration of recognition for Indigenous Australians

Indigenous leader Noel Pearson is lending his support to the idea of a separate declaration of recognition as a symbolic statement to run alongside …

Indigenous Australia at the British Museum: It's time to give the Aboriginal art back

In 1821, a teenager named Mary Palmer was convicted of tying up and robbing a gentleman in Whitechapel, London. She was my …

Indigenous Australians

Indigenous people want 'substantive change' in constitution

Indigenous leaders Noel Pearson and Patrick Dodson are yet to hear if Prime Minister Tony Abbott supports their proposed roadmap for a referendum on …

Scientists are trying to make sense of a Native American link to indigenous Australians

Two new studies offer dueling theories.<p>Two new studies published this week in <i>Nature</i>and <i>Science</i> are battling it out over the true origins of Native American ancestry.<p>Both papers suggest contradictory interpretations of a new perplexing find: some remote populations living in the South American Amazon …

Anthropology

Celebrating Real Heroes Like the One We've Just Lost

Kwementyaye Randall. (Photo: John Pilger)If you want to meet the best Australians, meet Indigenous men and women who understand this extraordinary …

Dust and Dancing to Celebrate Indigenous Australia

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>Every two years, there is a gathering in the Australian countryside like few you have ever seen. Out in this arid landscape under the unrelenting, ozone-piercing scrutiny of the sun, there comes a pulse. It beats steadily—like a heartbeat of the Earth—and as you get closer to …

When Racism Masquerades as “Equality”: The Adam Goodes Furore

Throughout most of Australia’s modern history white society has worked hard to make Indigenous Australians disappear. In the early days it took the …

Tony Abbott has been further isolated by his Indigenous backdown

And yet. "It jars with the notion of finally substituting 'we' for 'us and them'," declared Abbott. "It might produce something akin to a log of …

Australia

White Australia needs to take responsibility for reconciliation too

The controversy about Adam Goodes’ expression of his cultural inheritance provides a litmus test of race relations in Australia. Rather than …

Australia

Time running out for the Prime Minister for Indigenous affairs

Tony Abbott's last week immersed in Aboriginal Australia was spent deep in North-East Arnhem Land this time last year and had a distinctly khaki …

Prime Minister Backflips On Decision Not To Support Indigenous-Only Conferences

Tony Abbott has committed to funding Indigenous community conferences on constitutional recognition less than a month after calling them divisive.

'Welcome to Country' app teaches users about Aboriginal culture in Australia

New app delivers a "Welcome to Country" video introduction when users cross a tribal boundary<p>A new app that delivers a "Welcome to Country" video introduction when users cross a tribal boundary in Australia has been launched.<p>In the short videos a traditional owner (or elder) welcomes the user to …

Indigenous peoples in development policy and development in indigenous affairs

The recently-released DFAT Indigenous Peoples Strategy is to be welcomed. Indigenous peoples are estimated to constitute about a third of the world’s …