indigenous peoples

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New Zealand transfers ownership of large areas to the Maori

The New Zealand government have in a historical decision transfered big land holdings valued to approximately 420 million NZD to the Maori as a reparation of their historical treatment and thereby confirming that the Waitangi Treaty of 1840 was breached by the British and New Zealand governments when they did not respect the Maori's rights to their land.

Source: BBC World

Australia gives official apologize to Aborigines

The Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, has read out a statement in the federal parliament apologizing for the discrimination and mistreatment of the aboriginal peoples throughout history.

Full text of the speech

Sources: Sydney Morning Herald; Prime Minister of Australia website