First Nations Sunshine Coast
  • Last updated:
  • 17 Mar 2021

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.

Council continues to operate under the 2017-2019 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in consultation with Council’s Executive First Nations Engagement Cross Group Working Team.

In 2019 Council drafted a new RAP, completed both internal and external consultation and continues to consult with Reconciliation Australia, as the National Signatory, to finalize the draft.

Council is preparing the new RAP for launch in June / July. Given the developing situation of COVID-19 this time frame may change.

COVID-19 Information and support

During this time, the best way to stay safe is to be well informed and follow advice from a reliable source. Council has put together key updates and information on dedicated COVID-19 webpage:

Local impacts, council's response and the status of council facilities
Federal, state and local government information and key support services
First Nations services and support

His Native Place 

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.

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.