Definition of aboriginal rights in English:

aboriginal rights


  • The human, civil, and legal rights possessed by aboriginal peoples, especially those rights relating to the preservation, protection, or recognition of traditional lands, cultures, and ways of life.

    In Australia, used with specific reference to the entitlement of Aboriginal people to equality in law with non-Aboriginal Australians, and to ownership of Aboriginal lands.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in The North American Review.