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  1. Politics Protest

    Teenager and Gumbaynggirr woman Aretha Brown is chosen by 60 peers as the first female Aboriginal Youth Prime Minister of Australia at the National Youth Parliament in Canberra. In this role she meets Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition leader Bill Shorten and the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

  2. The word 'yes' overlays the imprint of a thumb.
    The stamp overlays two fingerprints and the iconic 'Yes' that marked the campaign.

    An Australia Post stamp commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum. On 27 May 1967, Australians voted to change the constitution to empower the federal government to make legislation for Aboriginal people, in the same way it could for all other Australians, and to include Aboriginal people in the census.

    The stamp combines contemporary dot art elements and curved lines to form a symbol of two fingerprints merging to form one. The word "Yes" in the iconic referendum-campaign font symbolises strength in unity and what has been thus far achieved.

  3. Since 1997 Australia Post celebrates living Australians who have positively shaped Australian society with its Australian Legends Award. In 2017 it honours three Aboriginal leaders: Tom Calma, Lowitja O’Donoghue and Galarrwuy Yunupingu for their tireless and lifelong efforts to improve social and economic outcomes for Aboriginal peoples. Together, their work has spanned the areas of land rights, economics, self-determination, health, welfare, education and reconciliation.

    Since its inception, Australia Post announced the Australian Legends Award on Australia Day. Out of respect for those who associate 26 January with invasion and the colonisation of Aboriginal people, it scheduled this year's announcement to May, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum.

    Stamps showing the portraits of Tom Calma, Lowitja O’Donoghue and Galarrwuy Yunupingu.
    Portraits of Aboriginal Elders Tom Calma, Lowitja O’Donoghue and Galarrwuy Yunupingu.
  4. The directors of the Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation (Laynha) based in Yirrkala (North East Arnhem Land, NT) representing many Yolngu clans complain they have received "less services, less funding and less true engagement and consultation" since the intervention and that politicians are not listening to them. They demand self-determination from the government. 

  5. Politics

    Australia’s peak union body, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, establishes the First Nations Workers’ Alliance (FNWA) to represent participants of the Community Development Programme. (CDP). The CDP employs jobless people in remote Australia at conditions very different to urban areas, and more than 80% of its participants are Aboriginal.

  6. The NT intervention has its 10-year anniversary.

  7. Participants of the Stand Up 2017 conference in Alice Springs (23–26 June) assess the impacts of the decade of racist laws and map a way forward. They demand, among other things, the government repeal the intervention legislation and Aboriginal self-determination.

    Ten years too long. Ten years of hardship, neglect and broken promises. We want Aboriginal control.

    — Voice from the Yarrentye Arltere (Larapinta Valley) Town Camp
  8. Five Aboriginal elders respond to the anniversary of the NT intervention and demand an apology to the men of the Northern Territory and their families and communities, the repeal of the Stronger Futures legislation and the return of self-determination and autonomy.

  9. Arts

    A painting by Anangu artist Peter Mungkuri wins the inaugural Hadley's Art Prize, the world's richest landscape art prize at $100,000, beating 41 finalists. Mungkuri painted his birth place in Fregon, Central Australia, and called the painting Ngura Wiru, which means good country.

  10. One of the longest-running native title cases (starting in 2003) comes to an end, with the Federal Court awarding exclusive rights over Pilbara land to the Yindjibarndi people. The land includes Fortescue Metals Group’s Solomon Hub mine.

  11. Recognition

    City of Yarra councillors in Melbourne vote unanimously to no longer refer to 26 January as Australia Day in all official documents and not hold citizenship ceremonies on that day to support the campaign to change Australia Day. Neighbouring Darebin council follows on 21 August.

  12. In a Statement from Eminent Australians, 210 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal signatories call for an immediate end to the intervention in the Northern Territory which they consider "an ongoing stain on the Australian nation".

  13. Protest

    Clinton Pryor arrives at Parliament House in Canberra after walking 5,800 kilometres from Perth (WA). Called ‘Spirit Walker’, he had started his year-long walk to highlight the situation of Aboriginal people and meet with the Prime Minister to present him with a list of grievances about the state of Aboriginal affairs.

    Map of Clinton Pryor's walk across Australia
    Clinton Pryor walked across the length of Australia to protest the state of Aboriginal affairs but politicians only received him outside Parliament House.
  14. Arts

    Josie Baker wins the title of Miss First Nation Ultimate Queen at the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander national drag competition in Darwin.

  15. Education

    The NSW Parliament introduces the Aboriginal Languages Bill 2017 which is designed to recognise the significance of Aboriginal languages and, for the first time in Australia’s history, how important it is to preserve them and find measures to protect and revive NSW Aboriginal languages.

  16. Arts Stamps

    Australia Post publishes a set of stamps themed 'Art of the North', featuring works by two Aboriginal artists from the northern regions of Australia’s Northern Territory, Banduk Marika and Bede Tungutalum. All works are part of the collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

    Four stamps show artworks of Australia's north.
    Left to right: Bede Tungutalum's Pukumani Poles, Banduk Marika's Waterlili and Gaya, Tungutalum's Untitled and Marika's Guyamala 2000.
  17. Arts

    Art of the North celebrates works by two eminent Aboriginal artists from the northern regions of Australia’s Northern Territory, Banduk Marika and Bede Tungutalum. The stamps show Pukumani Poles (1988), Waterlili and Gaya (1983), Untitled (c.1984) and Guyamala (2000).

    Four stamps show art with patterns, animals, people and leaves.
    The four stamps selected to represent Aboriginal art of the north of Australia.
  18. Treaty

    Despite more than 60% of Australians supporting the Referendum Council's call for a constitutionally enshrined voice to parliament, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull rejects it because it is neither “desirable or capable of winning acceptance at referendum”.

  19. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (UKTNP) board unanimously decides to close the Uluru climb on 26 October 2019.

  20. Remains repatriation

    After more than 40 years away from country at the Australian National University in Canberra, the remains of Mungo Man (the oldest Aboriginal remains discovered at Lake Mungo), along with those of around 100 other Aboriginal people, return home to his ancestral homelands of the Mutti Mutti, Ngiyampaa and Paakantji peoples.

References

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[1] 'The Australia Post Legends 2017: Indigenous leaders', Australia Post 29/5/2017
[2] 'Ten Years Of Intervention – Stand Up 2017 – Standing Up Standing Strong Standing Together', Intervention Rollback Action Group, 29/6/2017
[3] 'Statement of Eminent Australians on the continuing damage caused by the discrimination, racism and lack of justice towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, exemplified by the continuation of the Northern Territory Intervention', Concerned Australians, www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Eminent_Persons_Statement_Aug_2017.pdf, retrieved 29/8/2017
[4] 'Indigenous voice proposal 'not desirable', says Turnbull', The Guardian Australia 26/10/2017
[5] 'Mungo Man finally home with his ancestors', NITV 19/11/2017

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Korff, J 2022, Timeline results for 2011, <https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/timeline/searchResults?page=10&q=&category=any&yearFrom=2011&yearTo=>, retrieved 12 August 2022

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