The Hon W C Wentworth, AO, was an Australian politician and a Federal Member of the Australian Parliament from 1949 to 1977. Wentworth is known as the Founding Father of the Institute. Professor Mick Dodson, a Yawuru man from Broome, a Professor of law and former Australian of the Year, is the current Chairperson of the AIATSIS Council.

Cultural sensitivity

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Before 1964Foundation

Emeritus Professor Bob Tonkinson, Member, AIATSIS Council and Professor Colin Tatz, Foundation AIATSIS Member.

1964 - 1971Assimilation

Maralinga Freedom Ride The Wave Hill Walk Off The 1967 Referendum 1970 First appointment of an Aboriginal person to the AIAS Council, Phillip Roberts Neville Bonner

1972 - 1979Rights

The institute times 1972 - 1979 Former AIAS trainee and current Manager of AIATIS Access and Client Services, Alana Harris, at the After 200 Years exhibition at Parliament House, May 2014 Whitlam returns Wave Hill Station to Gurindji people The Institute Times - 1972 - 1979 Cover of the two worlds of Jimmie Barker, the life of an Australian Aboriginal 1900 - 1972 as told to Janet Mathews. The Institute Times 1972 - 1979

1980 - 1989Self-determination

Ken Colbung video The Institute Times 1980 - 1989 AIAS provides small grant to Edward Koiki Mabo The Institute Times 1980 - 1989

1990 - 2000Reconciliation

CAR Established. Marcia Langton PM Keating's Speech The Institute Times 1990 - 2000 Cathy Freeman wins gold.

2000 - 2013Recognition

CAR hands report to Parliament The Institute Times 2000 - 2013 The Institute Times 2000 - 2013 The National Apology Karajarri – Living with native title in the West Kimberley The Institute Times 2000 - 2013


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