As such when the British colonies arrived, the Aboriginal people made no claim to the lands. The invading Colonies supplanted the indigenous peoples claiming the land was ‘Terra Nullus’. A Latin term meaning ‘Nobody’s land’ believing the population was uncivilised and had no governing body. (Open-Colleges, 2016)
In Warwick where I live (My local council still makes no recognition of the indigenous people), the native tribes are of the Bunjalung nation. (Wikipedia, 2016) Tells us that there are many different versions of this name as local tribes call themselves by different names, but they all consider themselves as part of the Bunjalung. This area covers from the south-eastern corner of Queensland to the north-east corner of New South Wales and as far west as Warwick.
The European incursion had a disgraceful and egregious impact on the Bunjalung population. Their settlements in traditional areas, cultural practices, including language where brutally restricted. All of the Bunjalung language was lost and English emerged as the common language. The native language exists only as audio recordings at the A...
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...o court, and provide the burden of proof. That they have continually maintained their traditional and cultural association with those lands.
To add insult, anyone can appeal against Aboriginal claims and the Mabo judgment ensures that whenever there is conflict, the native title will lose. ‘…It is only in the case of titles newly established since 1975 that Aborigines can even claim compensation for extinguishment of title…’ (Treaty-Republic, 2016,p.1)
• In 2008 Kevin Rudd, Australia’s Prime Minister made a National apology on behalf of the Australian government in regards to the ‘Stolen Generations’. This was a significant step towards recognising the intrinsic value of the indigenous peoples of Australia. As a result I believe the national apology began the educational practice of teaching cultural awareness and competence to the educator and care givers industry.
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