Welcome to Country and Traditional Acknowledgement

A Welcome to Country should be conducted as the first program item at all public functions. Find out if you need one at an upcoming function and how to book.

Welcome to Country and Traditional Acknowledgement

Council supports the practice of procuring 'Welcome to Country' from, and acknowledging Country and the Traditional Custodians of the Sunshine Coast; the Kabi Kabi peoples and the Jinibara peoples.

If you wish to request expressions of interest for a Welcome to Country, please email the First Nations Partnerships team.

Identifying the Traditional Custodians of a location

Customers can ascertain who the Traditional Custodians of a locality are by searching the Queensland Government's Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships' Cultural Heritage Register and following these simple instructions:

  1. On the tool bar, click on the black down arrow next to the speech bubble, to drop down a menu
  2. Click on Cultural Heritage Parties
  3. In the Quick Search, above the tool bar, enter the street address of the locality in question, click on the magnifying glass
  4. An aqua coloured circle will appear on the map, hover the mouse over the circle to reveal the Traditional Custodians of the locality.​​​​​​

Council Facility Traditional Acknowledgement program

As part of its Reconciliation Action Plan council has installed Traditional Acknowledgement plaques on several of its facilities, including:

  • libraries
  • library mobile services
  • Venue 114
  • council's Economic Development office.

Sunshine Coast Reconciliation Action Plan Traditional Acknowledgement

Sunshine Coast Council acknowledges the Sunshine Coast Country, home of the Kabi Kabi peoples and the Jinibara peoples, the Traditional Custodians, whose lands and waters we all now share.

We recognise that these have always been places of cultural, spiritual, social and economic significance. The Traditional Custodians’ unique values, and ancient and enduring cultures, deepen and enrich the life of our community.

We commit to working in partnership with the Traditional Custodians and the broader First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) communities to support self-determination through economic and community development.

Truth telling is a significant part of our journey. We are committed to better understanding the collective histories of the Sunshine Coast and the experiences of First Nations people. Legacy issues resulting from colonisation are still experienced by Traditional Custodians and First Nations people.

We recognise our shared history and will continue to work in partnership to provide a foundation for building a shared future with the Kabi Kabi peoples and the Jinibara peoples.

We wish to pay respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge the important role First Nations people continue to play within the Sunshine Coast community.

Together, we are all stronger.

More information

The Queensland Government provides a description of the Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodian protocols.

Customer enquiries relating to the region’s Traditional Custodians, council’s Reconciliation Action Plan or other First Nations projects supported by council, can be emailed to the First Nations Partnerships team.