Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples

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Aboriginal people of Australia have long called upon the government to apologise for hardships that settlement has caused to indigenous people.

Eddie Koiki Mabo (second from left) campaigned in the Australian courts to achieve legal recognition of Indigenous land rights in Australia
In 1982, Mabo and four other Torres Strait Islander people began a legal battle to establish recognition of their traditional ownership of land on Mer Island in northern Queensland, Australia. The landmark case was won in 1992.
Jim McEwan, Courtesy of Yarra Bank Films/National Museum of Australia