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In 1770 Captain Cook declared Australia to be the property of the English king. The people who had lived here for more than 60,000 years were ignored.

Almost 200 years later a referendum was needed to accept the first people as Australian citizens (1967).

When the Liberal Prime Minister William McMahon refused to accept the idea of Aboriginal Land Title in 1972 four young men went to Canberra and set up a Tent Embassy to give their people a voice.

Land rights were finally recognised in 1992 by the High Court of Australia 10 years after Eddie Mabo lodged his claim, but the long hard road to justice has not been completed.

On May 27th 2017 a united people demanded recognition of their place in a new Australian Constitution in the Uluru Statement of the Heart.                    Original song by the Warumpi Band

 

Christine Anu – Island Home Lyrics

Six years I have been in the city
And every night I dream of the sea
They say home is where you find it
Will this place ever satisfy me
I come from the salt water people
We always live by the sea
Now I'm down here living in the city
With my man and a family
My island home, my island home
My island home, is waiting for me x 2
In the evening dry wind blows
From the hills and across the plains
I close my eyes and I'm standing
In a boat on the sea again
And I'm holding that long turtle spear
And I feel I'm close now to where it must be
My island home is waiting for me
I come from the salt water people
We always live by the sea
Now I'm down here living in the city
With my man and the family
My island home, my island home
My island home, is waiting for me x 2

Island Home Student Response

1. Click on My Island Home and listen to the song, some people have argued that it should become the new Australian National Anthem. What do you think about this?

2. What does sovereignty mean? 

3. Click on the image and watch the video then answer the following questions.

a) When was the Aboriginal Embassy established? 

b)            Where can you find the Embassy?

c)  What did the first Embassy use instead of a tent?

d)            What happened after police destroyed the Embassy?

e) Western Australia has the highest what in the world?

f)   An Embassy is 

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