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 –

  1. You must identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
  2. You must have Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage; and
  3. 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?

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