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AIATSIS CEO Craig Ritchie and NMAI Director Kevin Gover at the signing in Washington DC

AIATSIS and the Smithsonian’s NMAI look to future collaboration

20 Oct 2017

AIATSIS and the Smithsonian’s NMAI signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Washington DC today.

A screenshot of men working from the film Waiting for Harry.

AIAS film-maker to be honoured at film festival

17 Oct 2017

Kim McKenzie, former film-maker with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (AIAS), will be honoured at the Canberra International...

NTRB Legal Workshop 2018

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

This workshop provides a space for NTRB lawyers to share and develop their knowledge of contemporary native title legal issues.

Audiovisual Heritage of Torres Strait Islander Singing and Dancing

23 Oct 2017

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage raises awareness about the importance and vulnerability of audiovisual collections. For AIATSIS the content at risk includes recordings of Aboriginal cultural, social and political life from the 1940s to early 2000s.

The Bennelong Letter

The Bennelong Letter – Voice of a Wangal Diplomat

21 Aug 2017

The AIATSIS Collection holds a very precious copy of what is considered to be the first known use of written English by an Aboriginal Australian.

Victor and Julia Leftwich

Family History Research Success for Fred

16 Aug 2017

As part of Family History Month, the AIATSIS Family History Unit has requested feedback from our clients about how they have been using the research materials and tools we provide them. Here is Fred’s story.

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The map depicts the language, tribal or nation groups of the Aboriginal people of Australia.

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The history behind the Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag.

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"The role of AIATSIS is important because it is the major repository for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and societies ... to make sure not only that these things are preserved and maintained and looked after, but are available for future generations."

Professor Michael (Mick) Dodson AM, Chairperson, AIATSIS Council