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AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia

This year, the NRL Indigenous Round will focus on creating a space for learning and educating Australians on who the traditional custodians of the land on which they reside are.

The theme of the round – Pass Back. Move Forward. – aligns with the 2020 NAIDOC theme of Always Was, Always Will Be; an acknowledgement that the land has always been First Nations land and will continue to be.

The game has partnered with AIATSIS to share the AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia.

Fans are encouraged to use the map of Australia below to locate their local region and learn the Indigenous nation and people of the region. It’s a simple step in acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of local land and a further step in continuing a conversation about our nation’s identity and importance to First Nations people.

©David R Horton (creator), © Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS, and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, 1996. No reproduction without permission.

How to use the map

Move your cursor over any area of the map to reveal the ‘magnifying glass’ circle. Scroll your mouse wheel to zoom in or out within the magnifying circle. On touch screens, tap once on the screen to show the magnifying circle. Then, keep your finger on the screen and move the circle around to show the zoomed in map.

Disclaimer

This map attempts to represent the language, social or nation groups of Aboriginal Australia. It shows only the general locations of larger groupings of people which may include clans, dialects or individual languages in a group. It used published resources from 1988-1994 and is not intended to be exact, nor the boundaries fixed. It is not suitable for native title or other land claims. David R Horton (creator), © Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS, and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, 1996. No reproduction without permission. To purchase a print version visit: https://shop.aiatsis.gov.au/