Koori is an demonym for Indigenous Australians from the approximate region of New South Wales and Victoria. For some people and organisations, the use of indigenous language regional terms is an expression of pride in their heritage.
The word Koori is from the word gurri in Awabakal, an indigenous Australian language that was spoken in the area of what is today Newcastle.
A Koori Court is a division of the Magistrate’s court in Victoria, that sentences Indigenous Australians who plead guilty.
Koori Radio, a community radio-station based in Redfern, broadcasts to Sydney on a citywide licence. It forms part of the Gadigal Information Service and is the only radio station in Sydney providing full-time broadcasting to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
Koori Mail is a national indigenous newspaper based in Lismore, New South Wales.
The NSW Koori Rugby League Knockout is one of the largest gatherings of indigenous people in Australia. A modern-day corroboree for the Koori people of NSW, it has been held annually over the October long weekend since 1971.
Other names used by Australian Indigenous people
There are a number of other names from Australian Aboriginal languages commonly used to identify groups based on geography:
- Anangu in northern South Australia, and neighbouring parts of Western Australia and Northern Territory
- in northern Queensland
- Murri in southern Queensland
- Nunga in southern South Australia
- Nyoongar in southern Western Australia
- Palawah (or Pallawah) in Tasmania
- Wangai in central Western Australia
- Yamatji in the Gasgoyne and Pilbara regions of Western Australia
- Yolngu in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
- List of Indigenous Australian group names
- Australian Aboriginal tribes