• (L-R) Edie, co-founder of Blackfullas for Marriage Equality; Clinton Pryor, activist who walked from Perth to Canberra; Pat Anderson AO, Referendum delegate (NITV)Source: NITV
GALLERY | Indigenous achievement, successes and resilience throughout the year in pictures.
NITV Staff Writers

22 Dec 2017 - 11:20 AM  UPDATED 22 Dec 2017 - 5:47 PM

Wiradjuri Elder Jenny Munro is a headline speaker at the Women's March in Sydney in January, highlighting issues of racism and the historic and ongoing oppression of Indigenous people in Australia.

The international Women's March movement took place in cities and towns worldwide, where tens of thousands of protesters raised their voices in defence of women's rights and stood against hatred and bigotry. It followed the United States presidental election, where a group of women announced plans to march on the first day of Donald Trump's controversial administration. An estimated 3,000 people marched in Sydney, with similar numbers in other Women's marches in major Australian cities. (Getty Images/Don Arnold) 

Activists take to the streets of Melbourne's Federation Square to call for recognition of dispossession of Aboriginal land on January 26. The Invasion Day Melbourne rally drew tens of thousands of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people protesting the date of Australia's national day and calling for Indigenous rights. Big protest turnouts occured across the country in large towns and major cities, including Canberrans marching to Parliament House chanting and calling for a treaty. (Getty Images/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

Attorney-General George Brandis congratulates Australia's newly named Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar at Parliament House in in Feburary. Bunuba woman, June Oscar AO became the first Indigenous woman to take up the position of Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission and in April, she became the first woman appointed as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Awabakal model Charlee Fraser walks the David Jones runway in Feburary during the dress rehearsal for the Autumn/Winter collection.

Fraser became one of the faces of the iconic store this year, starring in its Spring/Summer campaign with white Australian model, Bridget Malcolm and South-Sudanese-born model Adut Akech in August. The campaign, titled Everything Under the Sun aimed to recreate the essence of a quintessential Australian summer "where the days are long and hot".  The campaign sparked controversy, when David Jones apologised to a customer who complained publicly on social media that Akech was unrepresentative of Australia's general population. Many condemn David Jones' initial response, disappointed the store had 'apologised for hate speech'. (AAP/David Moir) 

Tiwi Island Sista Girls lead the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in March on a First Nations' float entitled Creating Equality: Step by Step. Their arrival came off the back of a successful crowdfunding campaign, which helped pay their way almost 4,000 km from Bathurst Island in the NT. Wearing handmade costumes, largely done using traditional techniques the Sista Girls paraded their culture, tradition and pride to fight for their human rights and raise awareness of LGBT+ people in remote communities. (Getty Images/Zak Kaczmarek) 

First Nations veterans and their relatives lead the ANZAC Day march in Canberra in April. It was the very first time Indigenous people lead the parade to the Australian War Memorial and the group honoured not only the veterans in foreign wars, but those who died in the Frontier Wars. (AAP/Lukas Coch)

Heavy rain causes flash flooding across south east Queensland following cyclone Debbie in April. Home renter Charne Harris stands outside her flood damaged home in Beenleigh, Queensland. (Getty Images/Glenn Hunt)

Miranda Tapsell lends her vocal talents to Australia's first ever Indigenous animated children's series, Little J & Big Cuz launched in April. (NITV)

Actor Shareena Clanton arrives at the 2017 Logie Awards in wearing an incredible 'Queen of the Desert' outfit by Indigenous designer Lyn-Al Young who worked with her to wear colours that reflected Clanton's grandmother's country - Wongatha country in WA.

Clandon called out several national major news outlets for "lazy journalism" after the awards, who reported her as her character's name, Doreen Anderson on drama series Wentworth, rather than her own name. (AAP Image/Joe Castro)

Artist Tony Albert reflects on the experience of his grandfather, a WWII veteran. His work 'Thou didst let fall' 2014, exhibited at the National Gallery of Australia's Defying Empire exhibition in May.  

Defying Empire showcased 30 contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country including Yhonnie Scarce, Jonathan Jones, and Rusty Peters and commemorated the 50th anniversary of 1967 Referendum. It explored the ongoing resilience of Australia’s Indigenous people since first contact, through to the historical fight for recognition and ongoing activism in the present day. (Facebook/National Gallery of Australia) 

Invited guests, many campaigners and decenants of those who campaigned for the 1967 Referendum, and Senators listen as Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten speaks on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra in May (AAP/Lukas Coch)

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the High Court Mabo decision in the spiritual heart on Murray Island.

In 2017 the Royal Mint circulated a new 50c coin designed by Eddie Koiki Mabo's granddaughter Boneta-Marie Mabo in recognition of the 25 years since the historic High Court native title decision. (Supplied/Nancia Jacqueline Guivarra) 

Volunteers from Seed, an Indigenous youth climate network, spent hours using around 1,000 candles to create a larger than life message for the Turnbull Government on the lawns of Parliament House. 'Land Rights, Not Mining Rights' points to a decision in May regarding proposed changed to native title legislation where which many fear will enable mining companies like the controversial Adani to mine on land without consent. (Supplied/Seed)

Isaiah Firebrace performs Don't Come Easy during the First Semi Final of the 62nd annual Eurovision Song Contest at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine in May. The 17-year-old made it through to the Grand Final and finished nineth out of 26 performers (EPA/Sergey Dolzhenko)

Referendum Council representative, Pat Anderson AO presents the Uluru Statement from the Heart in the Mutitjulu Community, Uluru in May.

After months of consultation with groups around the country and ending with a large conference in heart of the nation, the Referendum Council representatives held a press conference and said that delegates had abandoned constitutional recognition in favour of agreement making and a voice in Parliament. In October, the Turnbull Government officially rejected the Council's proposal for an Indigenous voice to parliament. (Facebook/South Australian Council of Social Service)

Giant's player Adam Tomlinson's artistic boots at the AFL Round 10 between West Coast Eagles and the Greater Western Sydney Giants in May. (Getty Images/Will Russel) 

'Deadly Ninja' Jack Wilson competed the Australian Ninja Warrior course in ochre and Aboriginal flag budgie smuglers in June. Channel 9's new physical endurance series had 'monster' ratings, hitting nearly 2 million viewers, making it highest rating program on television for 2017. (Channel 9)

Kaytje Writer and Director, Erica Glynn’s documentary In My Own Words focuses on a classroom in Brewarrina, a rural northwest NSW town with a majority Aboriginal population, where 45-65% of Aboriginal adults are functionally illiterate, and premiered at Sydney Film Festival.

Gomeroi Elder, Don Craigie continues to fight for justice for his teenage nephew, Mark Haines, whose body was found on railroad tracks outside their hometown of Tamworth in 1988. Despite police pursing the theory that Mark died from injury after deliberately lying down on the tracks, Mark's family and many in the community are adment that he was murdered. 

The Haines-Craigie family plight is documented in the award-winning NITV & Buzzfeed News true crime series Cold Justice, which explores racism in the justice system and the murky underbelly operating in regional Australia. (NITV)

Tears of joy in Juluwarlu Aboriginal Corporation in Roeburne, WA as Yindjibarndi rejoice after hearing news of the Federal Court's decision that Yindjibarndi are entitled to exclusive native title rights over Pilbara Land.

The proceeding for the native title claimant group began in 2003, seeking recognised rights over Pilbara Land where mining giants like the Fortescue Metals Group, Rio Tinto and Hancock Prospecting operate. Judgement was finally handed in July, concluding that an manjangu (or stranger) has to obtain permission from a Yindjibarndi elder before carrying out activity on country.

This is one of many Native Title wins for mob this year, including Western Bundjalung in August and Gumbaynggirr in December. (Supplied/Ngaarda Media)

NITV celebrates ten years as the National Indigenous Television Broadcaster and has grown to be a multi platform broadcaster now online and radio.

Sydney celebrates NAIDOC in the City in July, recognising the history of culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This years' NAIDOC theme was Our Languages Matter, aiming to emphasise and celebrate the some 250 distinct languages that play a unique and essential role in cultural identity. (TopPhoto via. AAP)

Kalgoorie-raised actor Meyne Wyatt gives an impassioned delivery at the Sydney #JusticeForElijah rally. Rallies and vigils were held across the country in July demanding justice for 14-year-old boy Elijah Doherty, after his killer was aquitted of manslaughter and convicted of the lesser charge of dangerous driving causing death. (Instagram/@sophieverass)


Artists Anwar Young, Unrupa Rhonda Dick and Frank Young, win the prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for Kulata Tjuta. There is a measured response to the incarceration of young Aboriginal men. The kulata (spears) are suspended in a cell-like formation but they also function to protect a young man who looks not to us but to the future. 

Witiyana Marika pays tribute to Dr G Yunupingu at the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) in August. Marika gave one of many tributes to the singer/songwriter of the evening, which included a moment's silence let by Dr G's uncle, Gumatj clan leader, Djunga Djunga Yunupingu. Yunupingu's family and community spoke, danced, sang in tribute, many wearing yellow, the totem colour of his Gumatj clan. 

Prominent musician Dr G Yunupingu passed merely weeks before the music event, leaving behind a legacy in Australia's music landscape, the Elcho Island community and his kidney fatality shining a light on the disadvantages afflicting those in remote communities. (Supplied/NIMAs)

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten show solidarity with prominent land rights campaigner and Gamatj man, Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu and senior Gumatj leader Balupalu Yunupingu during the Garma Festival in August. Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu told the Garma Festival in northeast Arnhem he wants federal MPs to lead Australians toward a referendum on creating an Indigenous voice in parliament by next month. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten gave Labor's unequivocal support for an Indigenous advisory body to the parliament but Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is non-committal. (AAP/Peter Eve, Yothu Yindi Foundation)

Blackfullas for Marriage Equality was created for those marginalised by the decision for the Government to run a postal vote on same sex marriage, and within only three days of publishing the Facebook page, founders Tarsha and Edie had over 1000 supporters.  (Blackfullas For Marriage Equality)


For the first time in history crew members formed an Indigenous sailing team to officially enter this year’s prestigious Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race. (Carla Orsatti)

Clinton Pryor stands outside Parliament House after meeting where he and several Indigenous leaders delivered Bill Shorten and opposition frontbenches a list of demands to achive justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Dubbed 'The Spirit Walker', Pryor walked 6,000 km from Perth to Canberra to meet with Federal Politicans to raise awareness of issues facing Indigenous people and raise awareness of the plight of many First Nations' people. He walked through six states and territories, visited nine communities and wore out eight pairs of shoes. Pyror did meet with Prime Minister Turnbull after his long arrival, but claimed the Prime Minister did not listen to his concerns respectfully and was disappointed he and the Elders were made to enter Parliament House in the back of the building instead of the front. (AAP/Lukas Coch)

A number of statues including that of Captain Cook are defaced in Sydney in September. With statues of confederate generals being removed in the US due to their assoication with slavery, broadcaster Stan Grant called for the inscription of the Cook monument in Sydney's Hyde Park to be changed, saying that the statement that Cook had 'discovered' Australia was a damaging lie. (Twitter/@HistoryWO) 

Warwick Thornton walks the red carpet ahead of the Award Ceremony of the 74th Venice Film Festival in September, where his film Sweet Country won the Special Jury Prize and the 'Premio Bisato d'Oro' award - Critic's Award for Best Film. 

Telling the story of 1920s Alice Springs, where a young boy witnesses an Aboriginal stockman kill a white station owner in self-defence, Thornton's thrilling period western recieved a standing ovation at its world premiere at Venice. (Getty Images/Alessandra Benedetti)

As the NSW Rugby League Koori Knockout kicks off its 47th year, it's also celebrating a decade of on-air action. NITV has always been at the heart of the game, where regional and metropolitan NSW teams battle it out for rugby league glory. Known as one of the largest gatherings of Indigenous peoples in the world, the Koori Knockout is rugby league at its best, with more than 100 teams across the men’s, women’s and junior tournaments competing for the top prize. 

Miss First Nation Ultimate Queen, Josie Baker, and First and Second Runner Up Shanique and Jo Jo at the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander national drag competition in October. Six queens from around Australia arrived in Darwin to compete for the champion title. The event has been made into a feature documentary Black Divaz, released in 2018. (NITV/Elliana Lawford)

Royal Commissioners Margaret White and Mick Gooda arrive to hand over the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory final report at Parliament House in Darwin in November.

A Northern Territory Royal Commission has recommended the closure of Darwin's notorious Don Dale Detention Centre, raising the age of criminal responsibility and ending long periods of isolation and restraint for child inmates. The final report of the $54 million inquiry, which was sparked when footage of boys being tear gassed, wearing spithoods and shackled was aired on ABC's Four Corners last year. (AAP/Lucy Hughes Jones)

Lidia Thorpe makes history as the first Indigenous woman elected to the Victorian Parliament after a massive swing in November. In a hotly contested byelection, the Greens candidate won 56 per cent on a two party preferred vote with Labor for the Melbourne's inner-city seat of Northcote. (AAP/Joe Castro)

Homeground, the annual First Nations cultural celebration, moves to the Sydney Opera House forecourt to cater for its biggest year yet. More than 260 dancers took part in the national Indigenous dance competition Dance Rites. The Kulgoodah Dancers took home the winning $20,000 prize money with Q Town Mura Kebile Dancers from the Torres Strait (pictured) taking home the Wild Card award. (Orlando Sydney)

Paul Kelly was one of the big winners at the 31st Aria awards on a night that saw an even bigger win for Aboriginal Australia. On their way to winning best independent release and best urban release, rappers Briggs and Trials of A.B Original, performed their updated, explicitly political, cover of Dumb Things, with Kelly and Dan Sultan, which saw Briggs rap the now-prescient line: “The date’s changin’.”


Senator Pat Dodson gives an emotional tribute to Jacqui Lambie who resigned from the Senate in November after British authorities confirmed she is a UK dual citizen. Former Senator Lambie is one of eight politicans disqualified from their position in the Federal Parliament in 2017's 'dual citizenship saga'. One which Dodson says, denies Ms Lambie's First Nations' heritage. (Supplied/NITV News)

Local Mutti Mutti, Ngiyampaa and Paakantji people of Lake Mungo Australia's oldest known human remains back home with ancestors. After 43 years of campaigning since the ancient remains of Mungo Man were unearthed by a research team from Australian National University in the 1970s, a historic repatriation occured and Mungo Man left the care of the National Australian Museum with a formal apology for causing pain to the community from Australian National University. (AAP/Perry Duffin) 

A record crowd draws to watch WBBL masterclass in December where Sydney Sixers superstar Ash Gardner lands herself in cricket history with the highest ever score and the fastest century in the WBBL with 114 off 57 balls. In June this year, Gardner became the first Indigenous woman to play in a Cricket World Cup held in England and the second Indigenous woman to play cricket for Australia since 1958. (Getty Images/Matt King) 

Reko Rennie poses with his artwork which after more than six months Rennie finally completed the monster canvas in December this year. (Supplied/Barangaroo)

A rare moment of unity was captured between Labour and Liberal MPs who shook hands and embraced when the Marriage Equality bill passed the Australian Parliament, but nothing was as good as Labour’s Linda Burney leaping into the arms of Liberal Warren Entsch. Love is love.

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