Authors: Felecia Watkin Lui
Australia's Indigenous population is comprised of two related, but distinct, cultural groups - Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders. The two groups have a shared history dating back to thousands of years of cultural exchange, trade and travel between the islands of the Torres Strait and mainland Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people also share a similar colonial history marked by oppression, homelands. Recently however , the extent of 'shared histories' between the two groups has taken a distinctive turn as government policy seeks to redefine the boundaries of who constitutes an Indigenous Australian.
Keywords: Indigenous governance; Torres Strait Islanders; Aboriginal Australians; identity