Aboriginal Studies

Issues for Aboriginal Spirituality: Land Rights

Aboriginal beliefs expressed in the Dreaming give Aboriginal people a purpose of life.  Removal from the land withdraws an Aboriginal person from their place in the Dreaming and the place of the return of their spirit after death. 

Seperation from kinship removes the sense of belonging to a community.  Kinship gives purpose and responsibility to one’s daily actions. 

Returning to the land returns an Aboriginal person to a sense of purpose in life. 

The struggle for land rights has continued from 1788, however public attention and labelling of The Land Rights Movement for reconciliation dates from the Yirrkala Bark Petition, 1963.

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