Indigenous Australians demanding their fighing rights

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    Aboriginal people have even gone to prison for on charges of poaching. Authorities say they’re not entitled to fish – even though their ancestors have done so for thousands of years.

    Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reports from Narooma.

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    In This Story: Indigenous Australians

    The term Indigenous Australians refers to Aboriginal Australians as well as Torres Strait Islanders, and the term should only be used when both groups are included in the topic being addressed, or by self-identification by a person as Indigenous.

    Torres Strait Islanders are ethnically and culturally distinct, despite extensive cultural exchange with some of the Aboriginal groups, and the Torres Strait Islands are mostly part of Queensland but have a separate governmental status.

    In the 2016 Australian Census, Indigenous Australians comprised 3.3% of Australia’s population, with 91% of these identifying as Aboriginal only, 5% Torres Strait Islander, and 4% both.

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