chapter  6
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Aboriginal peoples’ participation in the review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 in South Australia


Introduction Indigenous peoples’ right to cultural heritage constitutes one of the fundamental entitlements recognized in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Article 31.1 recognizes Indigenous peoples’ ‘right to maintain, control, protect and develop their cultural heritage, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions’, while Article 11.1 emphasizes that

Indigenous peoples have the right to practice and revitalize their cultural traditions and customs. This includes the right to maintain, protect and develop the past, present and future manifestations of their cultures, such as archaeological and historical sites, artifacts, designs, ceremonies, technologies and visual and performing arts and literature.