08 November 2020
Always Was, Always Will Be recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
The very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples, and they have maintained ongoing spiritual and cultural connections to the land and sea.
All Australians should celebrate that we have the world’s oldest oral stories and that our First Peoples engraved the world’s first maps, made the earliest paintings of ceremonies, invented unique technologies and built and engineered structures that predate well-known ancient sites such as the Egyptian pyramids or Stonehenge.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, our first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, astronomers and artists.