First Nations Sunshine Coast
  • Last updated:
  • 05 Apr 2019

Council and its community value the diverse First Peoples of the Sunshine Coast Region -  the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara Peoples. In partnership with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, we commit to advancing reconciliation by fostering meaningful partnerships and relationships, embracing diversity and enhancing respect, and providing equitable opportunities for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

The Sunshine Coast Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2017-2019[1867KB] supports social and economic opportunities for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of 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 "Welcomes 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 "Welcomes to Country" please contact council’s RAP Officer.

Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dates of significance

Sunshine Coast Council recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dates of significance. For a comprehensive list, visit the Anti-discrimination Commission of Queensland’s Calendar of events of importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

National Reconciliation Week 2019

Council will host and support a number of Reconciliation Week events this year. Stay tuned for Council’s Regional Guide to Reconciliation Week 2019 events.

NAIDOC Week 2019: Voice Treaty Truth

Under the theme – Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let's work together for a shared future - NAIDOC Week 2019 will be held nationally from Sunday 7 July and continue through to Sunday 14 July. Sunshine Coast Council will host and support a number of NAIDOC Week events this year. Stay tuned for Council’s Regional Guide to NAIDOC Week 2019 events.

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.

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 the First Nations Sunshine Coast artwork and artists.