Category Archives: Indigenous

First Indigenous woman elected to a UN body – Megan Davis

International Human Rights lawyer Megan Davis became the first Indigenous woman elected to a United Nations body. Ms Davis will sit on the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which advises on issues such as economic and social development, … Continue reading

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First Aboriginal Woman elected to an Australian Parliament – Carol Martin MLA

Carol Martin MLA was the first Aboriginal Woman to be elected to an Australian Parliament (Western Australia State Government).

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Lowitja O’Donoghue honoured

Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue, was awarded the CBE, AM for public service and leadership to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

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Conference of Indigenous women

In July 1989 the First International Indigenous Women’s Conference was held in Adelaide. The conference was attended by delegates from all States and Territories of Australia and 16 other countries including New Zealand, the United States, Sámi land / Norway, … Continue reading

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First woman to head a government department – Pat O’Shane

When Patricia O’Shane was appointed permanent head of the New South Wales Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs in 1981, she became not only the first Aboriginal person but also the first woman to become a permanent head of ministry in Australia. … Continue reading

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All Aboriginal women (and men) were finally able to vote.

In the 1960s moral outrage at the way countries like South Africa and the United States treated their black populations stirred Australians to look at their own behaviour. Many changes in Aborigines’ rights and treatment followed, including at long last … Continue reading

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