...In the hearts and minds...
Michael Dodson, former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and chair of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies:
'...it is essential to determine these matters from an Indigenous perspective. It is in the hearts and minds of Indigenous people that the relevant connection to land lies. That connection could be strong and unbroken despite the absence of continuous physical occupation...The sense of injustice that Indigenous people will have over their title being deemed to be extinguished will not only arise from the perception of the illegitimacy of the power to extinguish. It will also arise from their view of reality.'
Keywords: Dodson, Michael, extinguishment, land ownership, ownership, 1994-1995
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Native Title Report, January -June 1994, HREOC, 1995, p. 80. Still: Michael Dodson. Courtesy of Walking Together, Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, November, 1998.
Author: Strelein, Lisa
Source: Dodson, Michael