Australian collection in the Vatican Museums
The main source of the Australian collection items in the Vatican Museums are from the Tiwi Islands north of Darwin, Kalumburu in the north east Kimberley and around New Norcia near Perth. Objects include some of the earliest preserved Pukumani funeral poles from the Tiwi Islands, unique artworks from the Kimberley region, as well as rare pieces from other areas.
On International Women's Day 2017, AIATSIS honours Dr June Oscar AO
The UN Women National Committee’s theme for International Women Day’s 2017, Empower a woman, empower a nation, is about transforming the lives of women and girls through empowerment.
NAIDOC Week is an annual event celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by all Australians during the first full week of July.
Indigenous Australian Languages
Over 250 Indigenous Australian language groups lived on this continent in 1788.
Bringing them home
On 26 May 1997 the former Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal Children from their Families Bringing them home report was tabled in National Parliament.
National Reconciliation Week 2017
This year’s National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is especially significant as the nation celebrates two major milestones in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history‑ on 27 May, the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and 3 June, the 25th anniversary of the High Court of Australia's Mabo decision.
Explore the Sorry Books
The Sorry Books are a powerful record of the personal responses of Australians to the unfolding history of the Stolen Generations. They are a “people’s apology” for past wrongs to Indigenous Australians, a public expression of regret, compassion, and hope.
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