How to find the traditional owners of the land you live on
I've followed Rachel McPhail's campaign to include the traditional owners of land in postal addresses for some time.
She's an inspirational woman who has created real change by petitioning for traditional place names to be an official part of postal addresses.
Many businesses, Pretty Frank included, now offer shoppers a way to include the traditional owners of the land in postal addresses when shopping with them.
While this isn't the be-all-and-end-all to making reparations for the hideous damage affecting generations of indigenous Australians since colonisation, it's a step in the right direction towards a more fair country beginning with educations and acknowledgement.
I've pulled together some resources from difference places across the world wide web to share some tips with you to finding out who are the traditional owners of the land where you live.
- According to AIATSIS, your first port of call could be searching your LGA (or shire, or municipal council) website. Many will include an acknowledgement of local traditional owners and this gives you the best clue. It's important to note that one postcode may not cover a lot of territory which was owned by more than one group of traditional owners.
- Check the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Studies (AIATSIS) map of Indigenous Australia here. Note that there is a disclaimer that this map aims to provide a general location of larger groupings of people, and is not intended to be exact, nor the boundaries fixed.
Once you find yours, you're welcome to add this in to the postal address where prompted at checkout on Pretty Frank.