Myth: “There is no definition of Aboriginal”
Contrary to what Pauline Hanson might say, there actually is a definition. Since 1981 there has been a three-part definition –
- You must identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
- You must have Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage; and
- You must be accepted by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
However, it’s pretty offensive for non-Aboriginal people to go about deciding who is Aboriginal and who isn’t. Aboriginality is defined by relationships – not skin colour.
Finally, it’s also important to remember there are over 500 clan groups or ‘nations’ around Australia, each with their own cultures and languages.
For more definition:
Aboriginal Identity - Who is Aboriginal?