It is also used by Indigenous people to determine their economic worth in their community.
Since the case (refer to Topic 3, Chapter 2) the issue of land rights has been significant to Indigenous people as it meant they finally had a chance to reclaim their ancestral land and re-establish their culture.
Land right laws differ in every state, but in each land ownership case the Indigenous people must prove many things.
They must be able to prove that ancestral customs and traditions are still being maintained, that a link to the land has been retained over the years and that the land has cultural significance to the Indigenous group making the claim.
These are very difficult things to prove because Indigenous people do not have written records.
The Indigenous society in Australia has suffered greatly in the past.
Many Indigenous people have overcome great hurdles to achieve great things for their communities and for Australia as a whole.
However, there are still many Indigenous people who are disadvantaged in our country.Statistically, Indigenous people have poorer health, educational opportunities, life expectancy, employment options and many live in very remote areas.Along with these issues, many still have to deal with negative social attitudes.There are many things being done to help Indigenous peoples but there is still a lot more that could be done.Today, the issue of land ownership is still an important one.Ancestral land is a vital element in maintaining Indigenous culture.