First Nations Sunshine Coast
  • Last updated:
  • 03 Sep 2019

The Sunshine Coast Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2017-2019[1867KB] supports social and economic opportunities for the Traditional Owners, the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara people and the broader First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) community on the Sunshine Coast.

Watch Lyndon Davis explain the significance of his artwork "His Native Place" which is displayed at the Sunshine Coast Airport and featured in council's RAP.



'Welcome to Country' and 'Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners' protocols

Council supports the practice of procuring 'Welcome to Country' from and acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the Sunshine Coast; the Kabi Kabi people and the Jinibara people. The Queensland Government provides a description of the Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Traditional Owner protocols

For information about suppliers of 'Welcome to Country' please contact council’s First Nations Team.

Recognising dates of significance to First Nations people

Sunshine Coast Council recognises dates of significance to First Nations people. For a comprehensive list, visit the Queensland Human Rights Commission Calendar of events of importance to First Nations people.

National Reconciliation Week 2019

Council hosted and supported a number of Reconciliation Week events this year and produced the Regional Guide to Reconciliation Week[621KB] program. A key event of this years program was the inaugural Mabo Day event held at Jack Morgan Park in Coolum.


George Monaei from the Meriam Giz Torres Strait Islander Dance Troupe. Photo by Travis McFarlane

Council partners with the local First Nations community to further reconciliation through community events. Through its RAP, council sponsored Sunshine Coast Reconciliation Group Incorporated to deliver a concert of performances by local First Nations artists. 


NAIDOC Week 2019: Voice Treaty Truth

Under the theme – Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let's work together for a shared future - NAIDOC Week 2019 was held nationally from Sunday 7 July and continue through to Sunday 14 July. The Sunshine Coast offered a record number of NAIDOC Week events this year.

Strengthening Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses on the Sunshine Coast

Economic independence is one of the building blocks of successful communities. Sunshine Coast Council supports linking local, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses with private sector and government supply chains. During 2018 Council endorsed its first Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) procurement guideline.

The Black Business Finder is Queensland's First Nations business directory. You can search by local government area to identify First Nations business.

First Nations artwork

First Nations art encompasses many forms – including the traditional arts, ceremonial or religious arts, utilitarian arts, art produced for the tourist market, as well as the contemporary or fine arts. Find out more about First Nations Sunshine Coast artwork and artists.