The Australian Government has supported the return of over 1470 Australian Indigenous ancestors from overseas institutions and private collectors for over 25 years.

The repatriation of Australian Indigenous ancestors helps to promote healing, justice and reconciliation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and all Australians

Sweden Returns Eight Ancestors to Australia

August 2018 – Sweden

Two repatriation ceremonies were held in Sweden to mark the return of eight Australian Indigenous ancestors held at the University of Lund and Karolinska Institute. The eight ancestors were returned to Australia under the stewardship of the Australian Government. A Kaurna Old Person will be returned to traditional custodians from Kaurna Nation based in South Australia. The remaining Australian Indigenous ancestors will be placed in temporary care while further provenance research is undertaken to determine their communities of origin.