On Monday 15th April 2019 a candlelight vigil was held at Atherton Gardens at Fitzroy in Melbourne, to mark 28 years since the end of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991.
Since then, more than 411 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been killed in custody.
We remembered each of those individuals and their families, many of them who are still fighting for justice.
Candles were lit for all who have died in custody, their families, communities and Nations.
Uncle Colin Hunter did a Smoking Ceremony before we heard powerful speakers including messages from deaths in custody families. Following the speakers those gathered marched to witness a projection onto the façade of Fitzroy Police Station At the conclusion the crowd chanted loudly ‘they say was accident we say murder.’
NB. Many of the Royal Commission recommendations continue to be ignored by successive governments. The system has continued to fail our people and this is why we are still losing our loved ones. These people are our mums, dads, sisters, brothers, cousins and much loved community members.