Australian Aboriginal people have been living on the mainland for more than 40,000 years, (around 35,000 years for Tasmanian Aboriginals, possibly more), making them one of the oldest indigenous cultures in the world.
Traditionally, Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders had a strong relationship with the land and had a deep sense of spirituality, kinship and community life, as well as of reverence to their ancestors. However, colonization drastically changed the lives of these people. Practicing their cultures and traditions was hindered by limited access to their sacred sites, especially when they were placed in mission compounds.
In case you haven't heard, the Australian Government has plans to not only shut down, but forcibly remove Indigenous Australian families off their community in WA. Just so we're on the same page let me run through a little bit of Aussie history with you..