Indigenous Australian Land Rights Analysis

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In light of the historical event of Indigenous Australian Land Rights a brief outline will be given followed by an analysis of the nature and impacts of these events. It is important to reflect on the relevance of educators having an understanding of the Land rights movement as well as present and summarise the arguments that support the teaching and learning of Indigenous Australian languages particularly in early childhood education Land is the key to the relationship of Indigenous Australians to understanding of who they are in modern Australia. Land rights have started since the settlement of the British colony in 1788 when the doctrine of terra-nullius was declared (Banner, 2005). Ownership of land, according to 18th century international…show more content…
Native title and land rights especially are the center for their spiritual existence – the commitment to the land is seen in the Dreaming reconnecting spiritual links with ancestral spirit, land is the relationship with Indigenous Australians to preservation, nurture, care and maintenance. Granting land rights ensures this spiritual bond to the land is passed on to future generations and that in turn; the Dreaming can remain universal and immortal for Aborigines. The impact of this is that past events have restricted Aboriginal life and spirituality through dispossession from the land in recognition to common law, it took away Aboriginal sovereignty meaning their culture.#1 Also a myriad of policies have made life a burden for Indigenous Australians, such as White Australia Policy, and the impact of the Stolen Generation, meaning that their relationship with the land can never fully be recovered. During the first part of this century, governments believed it was sufficient to put aside or reserve land for Aboriginal people. Aboriginal people had little or no rights while living on this Crown land. However, through the cases of Mabo, Native Title and Wik Indigenous Australians are redeveloping links with the…show more content…
For Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, the Australian Curriculum promotes the importance of pursuing excellence within education settings that respect and promote their cultural identity. Within an early childhood setting it is not only learning dialect more broadly of how we communicate through dance, art and stories, connection with the local indigenous community. Use a multi-language acquisition in early childhood, such as a program involving community members and Elders. In an interview with Professor Michael Christie, 2011 Northern Territory’s Australian of the year believes we should learn an Aboriginal tongue. He states "If you study the language you start to learn about kinship and about land ownership and about ceremonial history”. Involving a local person to teach Stories about Dreamtime, for children to hear the local language spoken to be aware of local art, customs and involve a local elder to be in constant contact with the school. It is important not to trivialize the involvement but to teach respect and by involving early childhood children with hands on

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