Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have fought for Australia in every war since Federation in 1901. NITV acknowledges the Indigenous people who have contributed valiantly to Australia's military efforts. We pay respect to them, their families and communities. Lest we forget.
Please note images used in this ANZAC tribute are courtesy of The Australian War Memorial: www.awm.gov.au
NITV will be showing Indigenous ANZAC Documentary The Forgotten 1:00PM AEST.
The Forgotten examines the prejudice faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait soldiers in the armed forces and the honour they felt representing their nation. It is also a work that explains what prompted Indigenous people to risk their lives fighting to defend Australia even though they had every reason not to, given the backdrop of racism and intolerance they and their family members were forced to endure at home.
Glen Stasiuk was inspired by his family’s own history and the respect he felt for the Anzac “black diggers”. Consequently, The Forgotten contains a personal story about four Nyungar brothers from the South-West of Western Australia, one of whom is acknowledged as the first Aboriginal Soldier to receive a military medal in the First World War.
The Forgotten features war veterans and family member’s personal experiences and thoughts from both World Wars, as well as veterans who served in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and East Timor.
The Forgotten will also air at 8:30PM on Wednesday 24 April 2013, the night before or the eve of ANZAC Day.
NITV acknowledges the Indigenous people who have contributed valiantly to Australia's military efforts. We pay respect to them, their families and communities. Lest we forget.