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We understand the language we use can be powerful. This website uses different terms for Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We acknowledge that words are power and yet do not always fully articulate intent.

We understand that the term 'Indigenous' does not capture the diversity and complexity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures. When we use the term Indigenous we do so recognising and acknowledging that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the first people of Australia and the Traditional Owners of this land and its waters. We pay our respects to Elders, knowledge holders and leaders both past and present. AIATSIS strives to use terms that are respectful, inclusive and accurate. We do however appreciate feedback if you believe our language could be improved.