Stuggle for Indigenous Rights and Freedom

  • Resistance to European invasion

    Resistance to European invasion
    This is when the Indigenous Australians had to resist the European invasion.
  • Assimilation Policy

    Assimilation Policy
    The Assimilation policy was a policy of absorbing Aboriginal people into white society through the process of removing children from their families. The ultimate intent of this policy was the destruction of Aboriginal society.
  • Australian Aborigine's Progressive Association

    Australian Aborigine's Progressive Association
    The Aborigines Progressive Association (APA), an all-Aboriginal body, was formed in 1937 in New South Wales with Jack Patten as president and Bill Ferguson as secretary. The APA, together with William Cooper, was responsible for organising the Day of Mourning protest on Australia Day in 1938. The APA had three aims: full citizenship rights for Aboriginal Australians, Aboriginal representation in Parliament and abolition of the New South Wales Aborigines' Protection Board.
  • Day of Mourning

    Day of Mourning
    the 26th of January, 1938 is not a day of rejoicing for Australia's Aborigines; it is a day of mourning. This festival of 150 years of so-called 'progress' in Australia commemorates also 150 years of misery and degradation imposed upon the original native inhabitants by the white invaders of this country.
  • Pilbara Aboriginal Pastoral Strike

    Pilbara Aboriginal Pastoral Strike
    On 1 May 1946, nearly 800 Indigenous pastoral workers throughout the Pilbara defied the Aborigines Act 1905 (WA) and walked off in protest over lack of personal freedom, poor pay (often only rations) and sub-standard living conditions.
  • Aboriginal People given the rights to vote

    Aboriginal People given the rights to vote
    In March 1962 the Menzies Liberal and Country Party government finally gave the right to vote to all Aboriginal people
  • Freedom Ride

    Freedom Ride
    The students planned to draw public attention to the poor state of Aboriginal health, education and housing. They hoped to point out and help to lessen the socially discriminatory barriers which existed between Aboriginal and white residents. And they also wished to encourage and support Aboriginal people themselves to resist discrimination.
  • Referendum

    On 27 May 1967 a Federal referendum was held. The first question, referred to as the 'nexus question' was an attempt to alter the balance of numbers in the Senate and the House of Representatives. The second question was to determine whether two references in the Australian Constitution, which discriminated against Aboriginal people, should be removed
  • Tent Embassy Established

    Tent Embassy Established
    Aboriginal people erected the Tent Embassy in 1972 in Canberra to protest against a court decision over mining operations on Aboriginal land.
  • Racial Discrimination Act

    Racial Discrimination Act
    The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 was an Act relating to the elimination of racial and other forms of discrimination
  • Uluru handed back to traditional owners

    Uluru handed back to traditional owners
    The return of Uluru to its traditional owners, Anangu, in 1985 was a controversial event. The hand back of title to Uluru's traditional owners in 1985 sought to balance tourism interests with cultural needs.
  • Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

    Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
    The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (1987-1991) studied and reported on the high level of deaths of Aboriginal people whilst in custody after being arrested or convicted of committing crimes
  • Bicentenary protest march

    Bicentenary protest march
    On 26 January 1988, more than 40,000 people, including Aborigines from across the country and non-Indigenous supporters. The march was seen as a challenge to the dominant society's hegemonic construction of Australia day and what it represented.
  • Aboriginal people are excluded from the Census  

    Aboriginal people are excluded from the Census 	 
    The Aborignial people were not included in the cenus in 2011. They still didn't have all the rights that they should have.