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2017

  1. 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.

  2. 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".

  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Arts

    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.

  7. 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”.

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

  9. Remains repatriation

    After more than 40 years of being discovered at Lake Mungo, the oldest Aboriginal remains (“Mungo Man”) begin their final journey home to eventually be buried on country.

  10. Remains repatriation

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

  11. Politics

    Greens’ Lidia Thorpe defeats Labor’s Clare Burns in a seat the party had held for 90 years to become the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the Victorian parliament.

  12. Politics

    Australian Labor Party member Cynthia Lui becomes the first Torres Strait Islander elected to office during the Queensland state election by winning the Cook electorate.

  13. Recognition

    The International Astronomical Union formally approves four Aboriginal names for stars. Three names come from the Wardaman language of northern Australia: Larawag is now used for the star previously known as Epsilon Scorpii, Ginan replaces Epsilon Crucis (the smallest of the five stars that make up the Southern Cross), and Wurren is used for Zeta Phoenicis. The Boorong people of the Wergaia language group in northwestern Victoria contribute Unurgunite (an ancestral figure who fights the Moon) for the star Sigma Canis Majoris.

  14. Sport

    A crew of 16 Aboriginal people aboard the Southern Excellence II is the first Aboriginal team to compete in an official yacht race, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Because they missed the entry deadline they are not part of the official race.

2018

  1. Education

    For the first time, Year 11 HSC students can learn about pre-1788 Aboriginal history in the same way they are taught ancient Greek and Roman history, with a new ‘Ancient Australia’ unit within the Ancient History Stage 6 syllabus. Students investigate ancient artefacts and sites in their local area.

  2. Sport

    Wiradjuri woman and tennis legend Evonne Goolagong-Cawley is made a companion of the Order of Australia, the nation’s highest honour. She is recognised for her services to the game as a player and ambassador, and her work as a role model and advocate for young Aboriginal Australians. She was also named Australian of the year in 1971 and made an officer of the Order of Australia in 1983.

  3. Arts

    Ganalbingi man and artist Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr, from the remote community of Gapuwiyak in the Northern Territory, wins the inaugural Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award.

  4. Treaty

    The newly elected Liberal government under Steven Marshall in South Australia stops the state’s treaty process. The SA treaty process had advanced to the signatory stage and had funding allocated to it by the previous Labor government.

  5. Vonda Malone is named the inaugural McKinnon Emerging Political Leader of the Year by a judging panel including former prime ministers. They recognise Malone, who became the first female mayor of the Torres Shire Council in 2016, for her work in finding community-led solutions for critical issues in the Torres Strait Islands, such as waste management, housing shortages and healthcare.

  6. Treaty

    His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visits Nhulunbuy, in north-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, for his first visit to the remote region. He meets with members of the Yolngu Nations Assembly and local politician Yingiya Mark Guyula who present His Royal Highness with a ‘Letter Stick’ that expressed their sovereignty and requested the Price “to acknowledge our sovereignty and promote a pathway to Treaty”. [5]

References

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[1] '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
[2] 'Indigenous voice proposal 'not desirable', says Turnbull', The Guardian Australia 26/10/2017
[3] 'Mungo Man finally home with his ancestors', NITV 19/11/2017
[4] Reconciliation News, Issue 40, October 2018

Harvard citation

Korff, J 2021, Timeline results for , <https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/timeline/searchResults?page=45>, retrieved 16 January 2021

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