Aboriginals have inhabited Australia for over 40,000 years and have the oldest, continuous culture on Earth. Yet for the last 200 years the indigenous people of Australia have been dominated by a society greatly at odds with their own. Only 37% of Aboriginal children reach the final year of high school, and average life expectancy is ten years less than for non-indigenous Australians. In 2007 the Australian government implemented a policy which the United Nations condemned for discriminating against Aboriginals. Yet, on their ancestral lands - their homelands - families hunt and gather their food, elders pass on sacred stories and traditions, and there, connected to their land and culture, they can thrive.
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