The forgotten stories of our Indigenous ANZACs are still yesterday’s memory for the families of those veterans who fought on those bloody battle fields. As Australians remember and pay their respects to the ANZACs, many Australians are asking the Federal Government to recognise the Indigenous servicemen and women who fought in the armed forces for this country.
It is widely understood that ANZAC Day signifies what it is to be an Australian. The country's participation in World War I was a moment in Australia’s history that defined us as a nation in the eyes of the world.
But if Australia is to achieve reconciliation, the nation needs to recognise the roles played by Indigenous ANZACs in those events.
NITV is paying tribute to the military efforts of the Indigenous peoples of Australia with a host of commemorative programming and special online content.
From forgotten stories of ANZACs, to Awaken's look at the sacrifice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women, to the story of Guugu Yimithirr people of North Queensland who were forcibly removed from their land during World War II, NITV's tribute serves as a burning reminder that Australia still needs to pays its formal respects to the Indigenous ANZACs.
NITV acknowledges the Indigenous people who have contributed valiantly to Australia's military efforts. We pay respect to them, their families and communities. Lest we forget.