The ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ is delivered to show respect for the Traditional Owners and continuing respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their connection to the land you are living and working on. Most people and organisations accept it as a broad term synonymous with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. If you liked the article you just read, please support IndigenousX. Many of them consider it highly offensive when a non-Indigenous person uses this term. They’re people who are held in high esteem and respected within their families or communities. Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material. Australia’s first people—known as Aboriginal Australians—have lived on the continent for over 50,000 years. Modern copyright laws don’t protect oral Indigenous stories from being rewritten or retold inappropriately or even inaccurately. In the words of Professor Mick Dodson, it means the “values, places, resources, stories and cultural obligations” associated with the area being acknowledged. The shift from these descriptors to them becoming names is seen in the shift from uncapitalised to capitalised; ‘aborigine’ became ‘Aborigine’, ‘aboriginal Australian’ became ‘Aboriginal Australian’ and this shows that rather than being words used strictly in their dictionary definition they had moved into the realm of becoming proper nouns, or names. Australian English uses many words from Aboriginal languages, with over 500 terms from more than 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages listed in the current edition of the National Australian Dictionary. But I’m going to show you how to get your document. While its use is less popular than many of the other terms described above, many have recognised it as their preferred term for respectfully referring to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Many Aboriginal people have called for the word to be dropped. Here, This is an unusual proposal if you know anything about publishing. Canberra is actually the word for ‘meeting place’ in the local Ngunnawal language. If you’d like to contribute knowledge to this page, or discuss any of the topics here, please don’t hesitate to contact me on the button below. There is no other group that holds any power in media, government, or other relevant institutions to challenge this. Who benefits and who losses out from having one? Many Indigenous Australians live under two legal systems - the British-based Australian legal system and the Indigenous customary law system. Names that people had taken a sense of ownership of, and were willing to identify as. But not all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are happy to be referred to as Indigenous. These are broad terms that have been applied to plants, animals, and various groups of human across the planet. These understandings vary between communities, which is why it’s best to check local knowledge before writing anything. In the 2011 Census, 52,616 people living in Australia identified as being of Torres Strait Islander origin. Aboriginal Australians comprise many distinct peoples who have developed across Australia for over 50,000 years. Aboriginal is an adjective that people sometimes use as a noun. I’m just an Australian.”. It refers to the collective of nations and acknowledges those people who aren’t sure what nation they come from. For non-Indigenous writers and editors it can be challenging to know and understand the terms and spellings that are appropriate to use. Because it can be difficult to confirm whether people have passed away, we insert an ‘Indigenous warning’ at the front of written and recorded content such as books, journals, online articles, video recordings and television shows. And please, let me know if you ever come up with consensus on a term to respectfully refer to all white Australians, because there’s lots of things worth talking about within that group, and I would love to find a respectful term for when I’m talking about racism, apathy, animosity, ignorance, white privilege, white fragility and so on, that doesn’t upset anyone. I would also like to pay my respects to Elders past and present. Australia’s national broadcaster, the ABC, regularly uses the ‘Indigenous’ as well. legends (Torres Strait Islander People only).   These peoples have a broadly shared, though complex, genetic history,   but it is only in the last two hundred years that they have been defined and started to self-identify as a single group, socio-politically. There is no legal requirement to obtain consent to publish a story owned by a community. Aborigine, native, indigenous and so on are all words that describe us rather than name us. Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Protocols for producing Indigenous Australian writing, 9 common errors every writer should know about, How to edit and proofread at the same time. I have heard that various Indigenous academics here and in other countries began to push for this term to bring about more global collaboration and recognition of the status of Indigenous peoples worldwide. Aborigines: It is often said that this term has become outdated, and carries strong connotations of colonialism and racism. Perhaps future generations will find that the term evokes distatsteful memories of Interventions, vilification from media, community closure or the million other oppressive realities existing in Australia today. The welcome is delivered by Traditional Owners or Indigenous people who have permission from the Traditional Owners. So, it is a conversation that isn’t deemed necessary. How long would such a decision be valid for? Indigenous Dreaming stories and teachings have been told by word-of-mouth for thousands of years. So don’t ask me anymore ‘What is the respectful term for all Indigenous peoples?’. ‘Torres Strait Islander’ refers to mob from the Torres Strait Islands.