[Strong language alert]: Nayuka Gorrie on why she wants a treaty

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  • Aboriginal woman Nayuka Gorrie is part of a growing number of Indigenous Australians who don’t want a referendum on constitutional recognition. Instead, she’s calling on Australia to “sign the lease, pay the bond”, and draw up a treaty with Aboriginal Australians. WARNING: Strong language/This video may contain images of people who are deceased.

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    Aboriginal Australians are the various Indigenous peoples of the Australian mainland and many of its islands, such as Tasmania, Fraser Island, Hinchinbrook Island, the Tiwi Islands, and Groote Eylandt, but excluding the Torres Strait Islands.

    Aboriginal Australians comprise many distinct peoples who have developed across Australia for over 50,000 years. These peoples have a broadly shared, though complex, genetic history, but it is only in the last two hundred years that they have been defined and started to self-identify as a single group.

    The term Indigenous Australians refers to Aboriginal Australians as well as Torres Strait Islanders.

    Before extensive European settlement, there were over 250 Aboriginal languages. 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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    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.

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