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    There are two main traditional languages, which are Kala Lagaw Ya and Meriam Mir, in Torres Strait Islands. Kala Lagaw Ya spoken on the western and central Torres Strait had four dialects, but now, only two of those dialects remain which are Kala Lagaw Ya and Kala Kawaw Ya (Shnukal 1993, pp. 152, 154). People live in islands located to near Papua New Guinea, such as Boigu and Saibai, speak Kala Kawaw Ya while Kala Lagaw Ya is spoken on Babu and Mabuiag (Shnukal p. 154). Another traditional language, the eastern Meriam Mir is spoken by older Murray Island and another dialect is spoken by people of Erub and Ugar (Shnukal 1993, p. 155). These traditional language is really significant for the Islanders, because language related to culture and identity (ppt). Shnukal (1993, p. 152) stated: ‘The absence of a shared language suggests that there was little sustained contact between two groups [the western and the eastern islands].’ Indeed, Kala Lagaw Ya is very different from Meriam Mir, for instance, the word turtle is ‘warru’ in Kala Lagaw Ya and ‘nam’ in Meriam Mir. Therefore, differences of languages can help the Islanders to understand and identify where they are originally from and make strong connection to their home islands. Especially, Torres Strait Islander cultures are ‘traditionally oral culture’ (ppt), so their languages have always made their cultures, such as songs and…

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    working. This is a warning that this journal may contain images, voices and names of deceased Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island people. Whilst attending school with two Aboriginal students in my class, I was never exposed to people stereotyping Aboriginal people. I lived in an inland rural area of New South Wales, and after finishing school I moved to Kununurra, a northern remote area in Western Australia. This was a place where my knowledge and understanding of the Aboriginal people…

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    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of Australia were not treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve, they have been the protectors of this land for many years before British colonised here, they lived from the land and they had a very strong community based life. After years of demoralising them and taking their basic ways of life away from them, we now have certain policies and procedures in place to bring the equality back. From the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait…

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    Torres Strait Islands are located between Australia and Papua New Guinea. There have been Torres Strait Islanders as one of the Australian Indigenous group. As another Australian Indigenous group, Aborigines, had been invaded and colonised their land, culture, and life from the eighteenth century, Torres Strait people also had similar, but different experiences through the history. For example, while Aboriginal people’s land settled by the British convicts from the 1788 of the First Fleet,…

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    Access to culturally safe and quality healthcare is a significant problem for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Therefore, by taking a person-centred approach will not only allow patients to be directly involved in their care, but also take into account their cultural and individual needs. In this essay I will discuss my personal experiences as well the past experiences of Mrs Akajen which may influence the establishment of a nurse-person therapeutic relationship (N-PTR). I will also…

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    Australian English is a second language for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, that attitudes need to change both of teachers and of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and parents, and the need for schools to adopt a culturally supportive framework. In addition best practice examples are discussed from the Strong and Smart documentary and three AITSIL Professional Standard mini viewings. The second part of the report discusses best practices, teaching and learning…

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    decision was made by the High Court of Australia on the 3rd of June, 1992. The Reconciliation Australia PDF (n.d.) stated that the decision was named after a Torres Strait Islander man, Eddie ‘Kioki’ Mabo and is formally known as the Mabo and Others vs Queensland (No. 2) (1992). Mabo lived on Murray Island, known to its indigenous inhabitants as Mer. Mer was strictly regulated by Queensland Government policy and law. This inspired Mabo who believed that his land was his peoples and led him to…

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    Eddie Mabo had great significance in the role of campaigning indigenous land rights and to help make a change of the struggle for rights and freedom of the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. The Mabo case was a significant legal case held in Australia to the High court of Australia, that recognized land rights of the indigenous people. Eddie Koiki Mabo was born on the 29th of June 1936, on Murray island located in the Torres Strait. His mother had died giving birth and because of…

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    Woiworung People Essay

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    There are many reasons for this decline in health, for example introduction of Western processed foods, and the diseases that came from overseas when Australia was invaded (Best & Fredericks, 2014). However there is another significant reason Aboriginal health has declined since the British invasion this is the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been disconnected from their traditional country resulting in a loss of access to traditional food and medicines. They have…

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    Mabo Case Study

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    The Mabo Decision was the result of Eddie Koiki Mabo 's efforts to campaign for Aboriginal civil and land rights, a response to the discrimination Aboriginal communities have been subjected to in their own land, beginning from the arrival of the First Fleet and continuing to the present day despite numerous efforts. Prior to Mabo, the policies of Terra Nullius and Crown Land were seen as an unfair violation, and no representatives from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community decided…

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