A picture tells a thousand words, and it's just as well: how could you begin to describe this year?
After the novel horror of COVID-19 swept the world last year, many of us were lulled into a false sense of security before it reared its ugly head more powerfully than ever.
As some of our most vulnerable communities were exposed to the virus for the first time, the government's botched vaccine rollout, and their steadfast ignorance of the health advice of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations around the country, saw devastating losses in Blak communities.
Meanwhile, the older scourge of institutional racism continued to plague First Nations people, who marked the grim milestone of the 30 year anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
Power in protest was exercised the country over, and politically there were some gains this year, as Blak politicians made some amazing firsts, like WA's first ever female Indigenous senator, Dorinda Cox.
Take a look at some of the year's ups and downs: