Family violence and commonwealth laws - Indigenous peoples
In the Final Report, the ALRC uses the terms ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ or ‘Indigenous communities’ or ‘Indigenous peoples’, which are consistent with the terminology adopted by various organisations.
Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders are referred to as ‘peoples’. This recognises that Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders have a collective, rather than purely individual, dimension to their livelihoods. … The use of the term ‘Indigenous’ has evolved through international law. (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Social Justice Report (2009), vi.)
This is affirmed under international law principles and by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. ‘Indigenous women’ and ‘Indigenous children’ also reflect this terminology.