What are the differences between The aboriginal flag and the Torres strait islander flag?
The Aboriginal flag is divided horizontally into equal halves of black at the top and red at the bottom, and has a yellow circle in the center. Black symbolizes the Aboriginal people, the red represents the earth and the and the yellow circle represents the sun.
The Torres Strait Islander flag has three horizontal panels, the top and bottom panels are green and the middle one blue. These panels are divided by thin black lines. The green is for the land, the blue is for the sea and the black represents the Torres Strait Islander people. In the centre of the flag is a white dancers headress which is a symbol for all Torres Strait Islander people. Underneath the dari is a white five-pointed star. These five points represent the island groups in the Torres Strait and the white stands for peace.
I think the question should be 'Who is an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person?' Since the early 1980's the Australian Federal Government has used a three point working definition to enable people to establish their eligibility for specific Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs. According to that definition an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person is someone who: is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, identifies himself or herself as an Aboriginal…
Elizabeth Osborne has written: 'Torres Strait Islander women and the Pacific War' -- subject(s): Aboriginal Australians, Australian Personal narratives, History, Personal narratives, Australian, Social conditions, Torres Strait Islander Women, Women, Women, Torres Strait Islander, World War, 1939-1945
Dennis Trewin has written: 'Population distribution, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2001' -- subject(s): Aboriginal Australians, Census, 2001, Population, Statistics, Torres Strait Islanders 'Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (Anzsic) 2006' 'Statistics in the Labor Market the Role in Planning and Policy Formulation'
Anthony Bergin has written: 'A change in climate for the Australian Defence Force' -- subject(s): Armed Forces, Environmental aspects, Climatic changes 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interests in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park' -- subject(s): Management, Legal status, laws, Marine parks and reserves, Marine resources, Water rights, Torres Strait Islanders, Aboriginal Australians
Aboriginal people are experts when it comes to language. Before the invasion many were able to speak at least two or three and up to five languages or dialects fluently. Because they had an oral culture they were masters in remembering, contrary to the dominant western culture today who relies on the written word. "[Aboriginal] language is an important embodiment of cultural heritage, knowledge, tradition and identity unique to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,"…
No he is not Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander - "On 16 July 1974, in Royal Brisbane Hospital, he entered the world as Wendell Jermaine Quakawoot. "Two days later, his mother Penny decided she couldn't cope and gave him up to her neighbours in Cullen Street, Brisbane - Daniel and Alison Sailor.His adopted dad, Daniel, is a Torres Strait Islander who died following a heart attack in 2001. Both his birth mother and Alison Sailor…
No other country or person "owns" Australia. The continent is probably most recognised as belonging to the indigenous peoples, more correctly known as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, which is why attempts are being made to revert to many of the original indigenous names for places.
Neville Bonner became a well-known parliamentary figure during his years as a senator in Australia. He was a respected commentator on Indigenous issues and served on numerous Senate and Parliamentary Committees. He also served as the parliamentary representative on the Council of the then Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, now called the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.
"Stolen generations" generally refers to those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children of Australia who were forcibly taken from their natural homes and placed in "white" homes. These children were from all areas of Australia: cities, towns, the outback - anywhere that the indigenous people lived.
Why in any tests and government forms do you have to tick whether you are an aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander isn't this prejudiced?
Not necessarily. The indigenous people of Australia (aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders) have a history of being disadvantaged in Australia. By requesting this information, government agencies are acknowledging the fact that indigenous people may have had fewer opportunities for education and, in many cases, may experience a lower standard of living than others in Australia. It's a concession to their race and the fact that many indigenous people have often had opportunities for advancement withheld…
The total population of Australia is just over 23,000,000. Indigenous peoples make up about 1% of the population, so that would be about 200,000, according to the World Almanac and Book of Facts 2007. Wikipedia puts the estimate at 2.5% for the indigenous peoples of the mainland plus the inhabitants of the Torres Islands. You may have to do a little more digging to find a more exact demographic. Also see the Web Link 'Australian…
Eddie Mabo (born Edward Koiki Sambo) is best known for his campaigns for recognition of the land ownership rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. He was heavily involved in the overturning of the legal principle Terra Nullius - 'no man's land' - which stated that the traditional land of the indigenous people had no legal owner.
Australia has just one official flag for the Commonwealth of Australia. Each of the states also has its own flag, and there are also Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags. As with other countries, there are also flags for the navy and merchant ships. The unofficial flag is the Eureka flag as it symbolises freedom and democracy.