In Pictures: Indigenous Australia in 2018

Tens of thousands of protesters rallied across Australia to mark ‘Invasion Day’ and support Indigenous rights. In Melbourne, where crowd estimates were between 40,000 and 60,000 people, rally organiser, Tarneen Onus-Williams came under fire after an impassioned speech, calling for Australia to be burnt to the ground. As a response to the attacks on Onus-Williams, many took to Twitter to show their solidarity with the young activist using the hashtag #IStandWithTarneen.

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Sydney drag entertainer, Miss Felicia Foxx leads the First Nations float at the 40th Anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

This year also marked 30 years since the event paraded its first float created by and dedicated for First Nations People, where activist and dancer Malcolm Cole dressed as Captain Cook in response to the year’s 1988 Bicentennial Celebrations. 2018 saw a reboot of the original float’s theme ‘Revolution’, with Chris Boney wearing Cole’s Cook costume.

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Former Kinchela Boys’ Home survivor, Uncle Michael Walsh shares a moment with Kevin Rudd at a breakfast in the NSW State Parliament, ahead of the 10th Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.

The day before, the then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull delivered the 10th Closing the Gap address to Parliament. The snapshot on progress to reduce Indigenous disadvantage showed only three of the seven current targets as being on track to be met. The targets to halve the gap in Indigenous child mortality rates and Year 12 attainment, as well as enrolling more children in early education, were on track to be met.

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Harley Windsor and Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya compete for Australia during the Pair Skating Short Program on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Ice Arena.

21-year-old Windsor made history by becoming Australia’s first Indigenous Winter Olympian. From modest upbringings in a big western Sydney family, he stumbled across an ice rink a decade ago after getting lost driving with his mother.

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Children play in flood waters in Ingham in North Queensland.The region was declared a ‘catastrophe’ after torrential rain, falling more than 600mm in some catchment areas, leaving more than 200 homes inundated.

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The Tangentyere Women's Family Safety Group travelled from town camps of Alice Springs to Parliament House in Canberra to highlight the scourge of family violence in Aboriginal communities."We're just a small group of women who want to make a change," long-time campaigner Barbara Shaw told media as she fought through tears.

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The Prince of Wales arrives for a Welcome to Country Ceremony (Rirratjingu Bunggu) at Mt Nhulun in Gove, Arnhem Land as a part of his and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a seven-day tour of Australia, visiting Queensland and the Northern Territory.

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Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s Newhaven Warlpiri Rangers complete construction of the world’s longest feral cat-proof fence at in central Australia, establishing an feral predator-free area of 9,390 hectares.

The 44 kilometre fence made largely of mesh netting will increase in the population of at least 11 nationally threatened mammal species that are regularly killed by cats and foxes.

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Photo Credit: Wayne Lawler/AWC

Jessica Mauboy celebrates after making it to the Eurovision Song Contest finals in Lisbon, Portugal. The Eurovision Grand Finals reached approximately 186 million viewers around the world.

Australians have been watching Eurovision for more than thirty years, with SBS first broadcasting the event in 1983. Australia was first invited to compete in 2015.

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Sulman Prize winner Kaylene Whiskey poses with her work titled, ‘Kaylene TV’ at the winners' announcement for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes at Art Gallery Of NSW in Sydney.

Whiskey described her work: My painting [is] about two strong kungkas (women). Cher is singing a song on the microphone; she is having a great time because her boots have silver spurs and are really tall above her knees. Dolly Parton is wearing the pink overalls with pockets.

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Ashleigh Gardner— the first Indigenous Australian woman to play in a cricket World Cup —of the Australian Indigenous Women's cricket team speaks to her team before a match against Sussex at Hove in England.  

This year marked the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Indigenous Cricket team that toured England to become the first Australian team in any sport to tour and represent Australia internationally.

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Ashleigh Gardner— the first Indigenous Australian woman to play in a cricket World Cup —of the Australian Indigenous Women's cricket team speaks to her team before a match against Sussex at Hove in England.  

This year marked the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Indigenous Cricket team that toured England to become the first Australian team in any sport to tour and represent Australia internationally.

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Natashia Corrigan-Ellis with son Brian Liddle Jr participates in the NAIDOC week march in Melbourne. Victorians hit the streets to celebrate the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, championing this years’ theme focused on Aboriginal women, ‘Because of Her, We Can’

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Pat Anderson receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 NAIDOC Awards hosted on Gadigal Country, Sydney.

Accepting her award, Anderson said that the recognition of Aboriginal women was “long overdue” and opened up about her experiences as a survivor of domestic violence, addressing the national crisis.   

June Oscar was the Person of the Year recipient, recognised for her work championing the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, especially women and children, and her tireless work to preserve ancient languages.

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Josh Addo-Carr of the NSW Blues celebrates after winning the State of Origin series following game three.After long-standing perceptions that the NSW side are reluctant to select Indigenous players, 2018 saw the debut of four young Kooris: Latrell Mitchell, Josh Addo-Carr, James Roberts and Tyrone Peachy for the Blues.

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Photo Credit: Getty/Cameron Spencer

Professor Marcia Langton and Gumatj elder Galarrwuy Yunupingu at the Garma Festival near Nhulunbuy, East Arnhem Land.

The theme for this Garma 2018 was Truth-Telling  

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AAP/Mick Tsikas

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with the Yirrkala community in the Arnhem Land, NT, after his controversial appointment of a newly-created parliamentary position of Special Envoy on Indigenous Affairs. 

Mr Abbott’s first visit to the NT as Indigenous Envoy was publicly criticised by the NT Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ken Vowles, who Abbott failed to meet with during his trip. Vowles, a Wakaya/Waramunga man, labelled the trip as a photo opportunity to “get around kissing some black kids”.

Protesters place clay handprints on the glass of the NSW Law Courts during a rally for justice for the families of the victims the Bowraville murders in Sydney after the NSW Supreme Court dismissed the application to have a man go to trial for murdering three Aboriginal children in Bowraville nearly 30 years ago.

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Flowers are released on the Swan River during a memorial service for Trisjack Simpson, 17, and Chris Drage, 16, in Perth. Hundreds of mourners gathered to grieve and remember two Aboriginal teenagers who drowned in Perth's Swan River after being chased by police.

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Princess Meghan Markle talks to Indigenous pupils at Girls Academy, a nation-wide program that supports to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls with completing their education and reaching their full potential, in Dubbo, NSW during the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Royal Tour of Australia.

Student Kieasha Ross, 17, hailed Princess Meghan as a role model, saying, “Us being Aboriginal girls and her being of a different race and being accepted into the Royal family shows us anyone can be accepted."

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A woman watches a football match sporting a 2018 NAIDOC t-shirt at the Koori Knockout at Apex Oval in Dubbo, NSW

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Jasmine Yunupingu accepts the ARIA Award for Best Male Artist on behalf of her late father Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu during the 32nd Annual ARIA Awards 2018.

Gurrumul claimed four ARIA Awards for Best Male Artist, Best World Music Album, Best Cover Art and Best Independent Release. This year, his acclaimed album Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) made ARIA history as the first Indigenous language album to debut at number one.

Gurrumul passed away after a long battle with kidney and liver disease in 2017.

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Photo Credit: Getty/Mark Metcalfe

Mabo family members comfort each other during the state funeral held for Dr Ernestine 'Bonita' Mabo AO at Townsville Stadium, Townsville, Queensland.

The Indigenous rights activist and widow of Edward “Koiki” Mabo, died aged 75 years. Mrs Mabo was known for her advocacy work for Indigenous schooling and her campaigning for the rights of Indigenous Australians and Australian South Sea Islanders, and worked alongside her husband's side throughout his struggle for land rights.

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Photo Credit: AAP/Michael Chambers

Hamilton Morris poses for a photograph after winning the award for Best Lead Actor for his role in Sweet Country at the 60th AACTA Awards.

Indigenous stories and talent took out the major awards this year, with Warwick Thorton’s Sweet Country receiving eight awards, including Best Film and Best Direction. Rachel Perkins’ ABC drama Mystery Road won Best Original Music Score and Best Editing for a TV series. Deborah Mailman poses won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama for her performance in Mystery Road.

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Photo Credit: AAP/Joel Carrett