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Left to right - AIATSIS CEO Craig Ritchie, Paul Tatz, Professor Colin Tatz, Marcia Ella and Dean Widders standing next to each other at the launch

Black Pearls showcases the strength, resilience and achievement of our Aboriginal and Islander sporting stars

17 May 2018

New publication Black Pearls: The Aboriginal and Islander Sports Hall of Fame was launched by AIATSIS today.

Return of Cultural Heritage Budget Measure

11 May 2018

AIATSIS has been allocated $2 million over two years to undertake initial scoping work for a new Return of Cultural Heritage budget measure...

National Native Title Conference 2018

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

In 2018 the National Native Title Conference will be convened by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the Kimberly Land Council (KLC), hosted by the Yawuru people on their traditional lands in Broome, Western Australia.

Tyronne Bell, Jai Bell, and Glen Freeman help Malcom Turnbull to give an acknowledgement of country in Ngunawal.

Indigenous Languages in Australian Parliaments

21 May 2018

As a part of AIATSIS’ Ngunawal Revival Project, we assisted in writing an acknowledgment of country in Ngunawal, which PM Malcom Turnbull has said in Parliament. But on what other occasions have Indigenous Australian languages been used in Parliament?

Pencil drawing of Ceduna Fun Fair layout

Fight for Life: The Father Dixon and the Stuart Case Papers

14 May 2018

Sentenced to hang in 1959, Arrernte man Rupert Max Stewart survived 7 stays of execution and ultimately had his conviction commuted to life in prison. The Father Dixon and the Stuart Case Papers provide an insight into how this was achieved.

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Papers of Alick and Merle Jackomos

1 May 2018

Merle and Alick Jackomos have a long connection with AIATSIS. Upon hearing the news that the Jackomos family home was being sold, the Institute contacted Merle and Alick’s daughter, Esmai, to make arrangements for the preservation of her parents’ papers. 

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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, former Chairperson, AIATSIS Council