There was a time in history when Indigenous Australians were not given the rights and respect they deserve and, during this time, a lot of their remains ended up getting sent to places like museums and universities. A new project is under way to return these remains to their descendants so they can be buried properly.
In 1886 the Aboriginal Protection Board helps draft HalfCaste Act in Victoria, forcing Indigenous people off reserves and to assimilate with Europeans. As reserves close, Indigenous people are forcibly moved to Lake Tyres Mission.
In 1863 a small group of Wurundjeri, Taungurong and Bunurong found a settlement at Coranderrk, approved by Victorian government, after being dispossessed of their traditional lands. They must convert to Christianity and a European way of life.
Young Anzac was named as a tribute to his greatgrandfather, an Indigenous man who served at Gallipoli and died in France during World War I, and Behind The News learns how the family commemorate his death.
We see a team of rangers who protect Australia's remote outback land. Checking on croc eggs, protecting Indigenous artwork found on rocks, and caring for the environment in general are all in a day's work. Passing on this knowledge to junior rangers gives a sense of pride and the knowledge that the land will be in good hands in the future.
Alex participates in a Manu Toa Haka group. The tradition originated in New Zealand from Maori dances and a war dance in particular. Older schoolage boys have adapted this mode of energy release and bonding to help their brothers meet their goals in life. For instance, to make good grades, and stop slacking off. Performing traditional dance and embracing their cultural identity has indeed helped give each of the young men in the group renewed focus and drive in their individual lives.
Behind The News shares the Indigenous student Jasirah Bin Hitam's reconciliation trust exercise, where she stood blindfolded on a beach inviting strangers to hug her to counter reported distrust of Aboriginals.
Can you imagine leaving your home for a long period of time even to do something that's really cool A lot of Indigenous Australians who join the AFL end up going back home after a short time because having to leave everything behind and get used to a new culture and way of living can be difficult. Hear their stories and find out what's being done to make the transition a little smoother.
Tanay is a taekwondo champion in her division and the first female Indigenous Australian to have this sort of success. She wants to pave the way for other Indigenous Australians so they know they can do whatever they set their mind to. She uses the lessons and principles of taekwondo to remind her to stand up for what's right and speak out against racism.
Following the death of Dr G Yunupingu, reporter Jack Evans investigates why images of the singer were blurred in the media and his first name omitted from reports. And the ABC's Daniel Browning explains what "sorry business" is and how Indigenous communities express grief. (Contains images and voices of people who have died.)
What's life like in Arnhem Land In a lot of ways, it's the same as life anywhere else and as we meet some students from the area, we see that they like to have fun and hang out with friends just like us. But every culture is different and the people of Arnhem Land place a great emphasis on traditions and the stories of their ancestors. Get to know them and discover the things that we share in common and some things that make them unique.
Tanay is an Australian champion in Taekwondo. She hopes she can be a role model to other Indigenous children, give them confidence to tackle racism and to show them that with determination you can achieve your highest goals.
Today, Stacey explores the world of Indigenous art, where painting and storytelling go handinhand. She's talking to Indigenous Interpretation Officer Jarred Fogarty, who shows us amazing totems from Ramingining. Stacey gets her face painted in the dolphin motif, while the different dabs of colour and their meanings are explained. Sharing the stories expressed through paintings like rock art for instance is keeping Indigenous culture alive, and that's what it's all about!
Ten years into the Northern Territory National Emergency Response, Behind The News describes the federal government's 2007 intervention laws, the suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act, criticism of the policy, and calls for a review of the approach.
Vernon Ah Kee is a portraitist, graphic and video artist. In 2009 Ah Kee will become one of a select group of Australians whose work will be displayed on the most important visual arts stage in the world, the Venice Biennale.
Who We Are: Brave New Clan features six extraordinary young Australians who share what Indigenous culture means to them today in contemporary urban Australia. From the bustling streets of Sydney to the aquamarine vistas of the Torres Strait, their stories span a diverse population across the country and yet share common themes of resilience, courage, optimism and success.
The gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is now about 10 to 12 years. Most of that gap is due to chronic diseases - which may be linked to lifestyle factors, like smoking, obesity and poor living conditions. This program showcases some of the projects in place that are making a difference in the Indigenous community.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are three times more likely to die from injury and accident than other Australians. Rates are almost twice as high for Indigenous people living in rural and remote areas. This program highlights successful projects and initiatives in Indigenous communities aimed at combating this problem.