The Traditional Owners of this land are those who identify as
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Sovereignty was never ceded.

ANTAR pays respect to Elders past, present, and emerging through our dedicated advocacy for First Nations Peoples’ justice and rights.

ANTAR acknowledges the responsibility of committing to a truth-telling process that promotes an honest and respectful path forward for future generations to build upon.

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History of cultural heritage awareness in Australia

Last edited: November 3, 2022

Broader public appreciation and celebration of First Nations cultural heritage is a relatively new phenomenon, see our timeline of cultural heritage awareness in Australia…

The first one hundred years of European colonisation was a period of intentional silence about the very presence of the First Nations peoples of Australia. The heart of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture – a sacred person-land-ancestral-interrelationship – was wantonly destroyed and communities marginalised.

This timeline shows the slow evolution from that silence to a growing awareness and more recently positive pathways towards conservation and appreciation for First Nations cultural heritage, and it’s great value for all Australians.


Djab Wurrung sacred site protection protest, 2019.

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