In Sydney, several more thousand people than originally expected turned out to the Invasion day — Day of Mourning — Survival Day March in Sydney to mark 234 years since British imperialism invaded Gadigal lands, and started a war of genocide.
The protest march, largely comprised of young people, also marked 50 years since the Aboriginal Tent Embassy was established in Canberra.
It was chaired by Elizabeth Jarrett and heard from campaigners and family members of those who have been killed while in custody, including Adrian Atkins, Kyah Patten, Helen Russell, Paul Silva, Amanda Morgan, Clayton Simpson, Kyah Patten and Yvonne Weldon.
Rain didn't deter marchers in Brisbane, reports Alex Bainbridge. Thousands turned out for the annual march.
Sam Watson Jr told the rally: "If people want to show unity with Aboriginal people, and have unity, they should come here [to Invasion Day] and join us because we are fighting for justice.
"We are fighting for our land to be returned, for our children to be returned, for an end to deaths in custody.
"We are fighting for justice, and justice doesn't stop with us, it extends to every person who is exploited and oppressed.
"So, if people want a day of unity, here it is," he said.