Wikipedia:Categories for deletion/Category:Australian Aborigines

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The following discussion comes from Wikipedia:Categories for deletion. This is an archive of the discussion only; please do not edit this page. -Kbdank71 15:08, 15 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Category:Australian Aborigines[edit]

Rename to Category:Indigenous peoples of Australia (another alternative is Category:Ethnic groups of Australia). When Category:Aboriginal Australians was proposed for deletion on February 1, there was some discussion about possible negative connotations of using "Aborigine" as well as issues dealing with Torres Strait Islanders. There has also been recent discussion about renaming Australian Aborigine (see talk) given similar concerns. Here was the discussion from Category:Aboriginal Australians:

You have ignored the fact that Torres Strait Islanders are *not* Aborigines - they are of Melanesian/Papuan origin. Therefore a separate category should be created (and cross-referenced) for the TSI people and transfer links to Christine Anu and the Meriam People. I'd do it myself, but haven't worked out how to go about it.--Mikeh 13:56, 1 Feb 2005 (UTC)
Doesn't "aborigine" properly mean an indigenous person, or original inhabitant? It was applied to peoples in the Americas and elsewhere too, so, in its broadest meaning, the Torres Strait Islanders as natives are aboriginals.
A better solution might be to rename this category Category:Ethnic groups of Australia to contain categories on Australian Aborigines, Torres Strait Islanders, and - if needed - the various migrant groups that have been in the country in the last couple of hundred years. "Aboriginal Australians" as well as (to my non Koori ears) sounding slightly derogatory, is too easily confused with Australian Aborigines. Grutness|hello? Grutness.jpg 22:59, 2 Feb 2005 (UTC)
This category really needs to become Category:Indigenous Australians not Category:Australian Aborigines as this is the currently preferred official terminology for peoples of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander decent. Its a bit of bitch I know, but it does have to go that way.--ZayZayEM 00:35, 4 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Please add your comments/votes after this line. RedWolf 05:55, Feb 21, 2005 (UTC)

I support the move to rename the category. I think "Indigenous people of Australia" is best. Ethnic groups of Australia is a good category, but I think that Indigenous people of Australia would be a sub-category of that. --Peacenik 06:44, 23 Feb 2005 (UTC)