• Indigenous Victorians have marched across Melbourne to usher the start of NAIDOC week. (AAP)Source: AAP
Victorians have turned out in central Melbourne to support a march for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recognition.
6 Jul 2018 - 5:00 PM  UPDATED 6 Jul 2018 - 5:00 PM

Indigenous Victorian women have marched across Melbourne calling for their fair share of recognition.

Carrying signs, flags and banners, a crowd of several hundred people trekked from Fitzroy to Federation Square on Friday to celebrate the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The rally is part of NAIDOC Week, which officially starts on Saturday and women are this year's headline act.

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Isabella Atkinson, 18, officially representing the rally as 'Ms NAIDOC', is keenly aware of the effort made by her single mother Bernadette.

"She sacrificed so much for me to have a good education and a good life," Ms Atkinson said, draped in a sash emblazoned with black, yellow and red.

Her mother was Ms NAIDOC in 1988, giving this year's honour a special place in her heart.

The Australia-wide annual Indigenous campaign has come a long way from its roots, Ms Atkinson believes.

"It was a time of protest for recognition," the Yorta Yorta-affiliated woman said.

"This is what we're trying to do: protest, peacefully and civilly but to also celebrate our culture and especially our women."

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Melbourne-based marcher Tori Brooks hit the streets with family in tow and "strong women" front of mind.

"It's all because of them that we can do what we want," the 22-year-old said.

Graham Mumbulla, better known as Uncle Graham, said the march was about more than just confronting the Indigenous issues of treaty, underemployment and incarceration.

"You get to see a lot of people ... without actually being at a funeral," the 61-year-old elder said.

"This is basically the only time you see all the blackfellas together."