Who are we?Culture and SportParticipation and GovernanceResistance and Reconciliation


Educational Resources

Further Reading


Links/Other Resources

Valuable websites

Who Are We?

Our Past

www.abc.net.au/frontier/ (ABC’s Frontier education, post-contact)

What We’re Called

www.fatsil.org.au/ (National peak body for community-based Indigenous language programs in Australia)

Living with our Neighbours

www.nailsma.org.au/ (North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance)

Our Societies

www.tsra.gov.au/ (Torres Strait Regional Authority)


www.dnathan.com/VL/austLang.htm (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages)
www.vaclang.org.au/ (Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages)
www.alrrc.nsw.gov.au/ (Aboriginal Languages Research and Resource Centre)

People, Health and Homes

www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/ (Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet – Indigenous health clearing house)

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Culture and Sport

www.dreamtime.net.au/ (Indigenous Australia at the Australian Museum, Sydney)

The Arts

www.ankaaa.org.au (Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists)
www.desart.com.au/ (Association of Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Centres)
www.boomalli.org.au/ (One of the longest running Aboriginal-owned and operated art galleries)
www.australiacouncil.gov.au/news (Australia Council for the Arts – Guides to doing the right thing and Yarnup magazine)
www.bangarra.com.au (Bangarra Dance Theatre)
www.naisda.com.au (National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Corporation, NAISDA)
www.descendance.com.au (Descendance Aboriginal & Torrest Strait Islander Dance Theatre)
www.kooemba.com.au (Kooemba Jdarra Indogenous Performing Arts, Queensland
www.yirrayaakin.asn.au (Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre Company, Western Australia)
www.ilbijerri.org.au (Ilbijerri Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Theatre Co-operative, Victoria)


www.ausport.gov.au/participating/ (Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games, at the Australian Insitute of Sport)

Participation and Governance


www.natsiew.edu.au (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education)
www.aecg.nsw.edu.au/ (Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc. — each state has its own AECG)
www.snaicc.asn.au/ (Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care)


www.aboriginalemploymentstrategy.com.au/ (Aboriginal Employment Strategy)

A Heritage of Leadership

www.indigenousleadership.org.au/ (Indigenous Leadership Centre)

War Service

www.norforceassociation.org/ (Norforce Association)

Making Decisions for Our Communities

www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/internat_develop.html (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, International Indigenous rights)
www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/repbody/index.html (National Indigenous Representative Body – Issues for consideration)

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Resistance and Reconciliation

Early Resistance

www.sbs.com.au/firstaustralians/ (The First Australians)

Missions, Reserves and Stations

www.abc.net.au/missionvoices/ (Victorian Koorie Elders tell of life on the missions and reserves)

Activism and Representation

http://indigenousrights.net.au/ (Collaborating for Indigenous rights 1957–73, National Museum of Australia)
www.clc.org.au (Central Land Council – includes full text of ‘Our Land, Our Life: Aboriginal Land Rights in Australia’s Northern Territory)

Reconciliation and Celebration

www.reconciliationaustralia.org (Reconciliation Australia)
www.pc.gov.au/gsp/reports/indigenous/keyindicators2007 (Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2007 Australian government)
www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/index.html (United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues)
www.indigenousjustice.gov.au/ (Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse – a national resource on Indigenous justice)
www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/bth_report/index.html (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice)

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Festivals and Tours

www.barungafestival.com.au/media.html# (Barunga Culture and Sports Festival, Northern Territory)
www.aboriginalculturetours.com.au/yeperenye.html (Yeperenye Tours, Central Australia)

Travelling Respectfully

www.aboriginaltourism.com.au/ (Aboriginal Tourism Australia (ATA) is a central point of contact for Indigenous tourism, includes cultural protocols)
www.environment.gov.au/heritage/ahc/ (Ask First, Australian Heritage Council)

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Further links can be found at www.aiatsis.gov.au/library/links.

Other Resources

Researching ethically

The AIATSIS Research program has produced a valuable guide for undertaking research in Indigenous Studies ethically.

Researching Indigenous arts and cultural workers

The Black Books Directory, part of the Black Books portal, contains a comprehensive listing of nearly 3,000 Indigenous people who work in the arts and cultural industries. Fully searchable listing by place, nation, language group, name or category. The Library on the same site lists 2,000 works of music, literature and screen productions.

Researching Indigenous family histories

The AIATSIS Family History Unit is offers a free family history research service and advice for people of Indigenous heritage interested in tracing their family history. Visit or freecall 1800 730 129 for more information.

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Documenting and storing audiovisual material

The AIATSIS Audiovisual Archive’s Keeping Your History Alive workshop and manual was created to show how to create, document and store audiovisual material. There is an accompanying handbook. Visit www.aiatsis.gov.au/audiovisual_archives for more information. See also their policy manual which includes a code of ethics.

Searching the AIATSIS Library and Audiovisual units

The AIATSIS Library holds the most comprehensive collection of print materials on Australian Indigenous studies in the world. It has adopted the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protocols for Libraries, Archives and Information Services.The Library holds print materials in all formats: manuscripts, serials, languages, books, rare books, records of organisations, art catalogues, newspapers and clippings, maps, posters and kits, microforms and CD-ROMS. The Audiovisual Archive holds films, videos, sound recordings and photographs. The Library uses the AIATSIS Thesaurus to catalogue its collections and produces bibliographies and information sheets on a range of subjects.

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Audio and Video Links at the ABC and SBS

The ABC’s Indigenous units produce valuable and entertaining programs. Audio and video files are available on their website. Note that not all files are permanently housed on the sites. Here are just a few:

• The story behind the famous Day of Mourning photograph, 26 January 1938. (Awaye!, audio)

• An interview with renowned artist, writer and activist, Kevin Gilbert, whose play The Cherry Pickers was first performed professionally with an all-Aboriginal cast in 1994. (Awaye! audio)

• An interview with Chicka Dixon, one of the instigators and organisers of the 1972 Aboriginal Tent Embassy. (Awaye! Audio)

• Aboriginal photographer, Ricky Maynard, dispels the myth of the extinction of Tasmania’s Aboriginal people in a two-part series.

• SBS Living Black: stories from Indigenous Australia, including young female footballer with the Matildas, Kyah Simon

• SBS Aboriginal program, radio, podcasts from a range of programs

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National and state-based museums and galleries

These are a rich source of information. Most have at least some of their exhibitions and collections online, and some include educational resources.

Here are just a few:

• National Library of Australia:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: print resources
Mura Gadi

• National Gallery of Australia:
The Aboriginal Memorial

• Australian Museum

• Museum Victoria
Education Resources

• National Museum of Australia
Investigating Rights
Collaborating for Indigenous Rights

• South Australian Museum

• Northern Territory Library, NT pictures:

Online Resources

• State Records of NSW (see also other states)
A Guide to New South Wales State Archives relating to Aboriginal People

• Queensland Art Gallery
Indigenous Australian Art

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Speeches and talks

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from all spheres of life take part in public forums, including writers’ festivals, and give public speeches, some of which are available on the internet. Here are just a few:

• Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue, CBE AM
‘Pathways to Knowledge’, Australian Library Week Oration, 29 April 1998

• Melissa Lucashenko
‘Survival’, Sydney PEN Voices: The 3 Writers Project, 24–25 September 2008

• Professor Larissa Behrendt
‘Shaping a nation: Visionary leadership in a time of fear and uncertainty’, 9th JCPML Anniversary Lecture, 5 July 2007

What Comes After Sorry’, University of Technology, Sydney, 13 March 2008


Some publishers sell e-books only (electronic versions of books, readable on hand-held devices or other computers). Alternatively, there are now books available as e-books, that were originally published in print form, for example at ebooks.com, Here is just a small sample of Indigenous Australians telling their life stories:

• Aboriginal accounts of the Northern Territory

• Poetry and poets from Central Australia

• The lives of Aboriginal nurses, in their own words

• The life story of Stolen Generations woman, Mary Terszak

• Mura Solwata Kosker: We Saltwater Women, Ellie Gaffney

• The life of Torres Strait Islander, Ellie Gaffney

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