First Peoples' information

Council is proud to once again be part of the annual NAIDOC week celebrations held throughout the region. In 2017 NAIDOC week will be celebrated from Sunday 2 to Sunday 9 July with plenty of events to get involved in.

Cairns is proud to be the Host City for the National NAIDOC Awards (Ball) Ceremony, held on Saturday 1 July 2017 at the Cairns Convention Centre. Check out what's happening for NAIDOC Week 2017 closer to the date through our What's On Calendar.

Australia's First Peoples are represented by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have different and distinct languages, histories and cultures.  Read more about the culture and history of the First Peoples of the Cairns area.

Cairns Regional Council respects the First Peoples who are the Bama – the Aboriginal rainforest people who are traditional custodians/owners of the lands that cover our region. We also acknowledge other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who call our region home.

All Council services, programs and information are available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to use so that they can participate fully in community life. It is Council's commitment to provide services and opportunities that are respectful and accessible to all members of our community.

Our Council was one of the first local governments in Queensland to have developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This RAP forms the base of our commitment to help strengthen and build relationships and understanding between First Peoples and non-indigenous people within our organisation and throughout our region.

Council also seeks to create and provide opportunities that support and improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. Cairns Regional Council is proud to support NAIDOC Week. See below for information on celebrations and activities taking place across the Cairns region.

NAIDOC - Awards Ceremony and Ball

Date: Sat 01 Jul 05:30 pm
Location: Cairns Convention Centre, Corner Wharf and Sheridan Street, Cairns

Contact: National NAIDOC Secretariat 02 6152 3877

NAIDOC Awards night and Ball, to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia More

NAIDOC - Combined Church Service

Date: Sun 02 Jul 10:30 am
Location: Fogarty Park, Cairns Esplanade

Contact: Pastor Yodie Batzke 0415 542 120

The Cairns NAIDOC Committee are hosting a Combined NAIDOC Church Service More

NAIDOC - Official Opening and Flag Raising Ceremony

Date: Sun 02 Jul 01:00 pm
Location: Fogarty Park, The Esplanade, Cairns

Contact: Nathan Williams 0423 741 475

The Cairns NAIDOC Committee in partnership with the North Queensland Regional Aboriginal Corporation Language Centre presents the official opening of Cairns NAIDOC Week 2017 More

NAIDOC - Trivia Night

Date: Mon 03 Jul 07:00 pm
Location: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort 122 Lake Street, Cairns

Contact: Donna Dewis 0408 452 420

ACCOR Hotels are excited to partner with the Cairns NAIDOC Committee in presenting the third NAIDOC Trivia Night More

NAIDOC - Corporate Breakfast

Date: Tue 04 Jul 06:45 am
Location: Pullman Cairns International, Grand Ballroom, 17 Abbott Street, Cairns

Contact: Joanne Bowie or Sarah Seden 4232 4232

The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnership (DATSIP) will host the eighth Cairns NAIDOC Corporate Breakfast in collaboration with the Cairns NAIDOC Committee More

NAIDOC - Primary School Disco

Date: Tue 04 Jul 06:30 pm
Location: Cairns PCYC, 91-97 MacNamara Street, Manunda

Cost: Free entry

Contact: Dulcie Pensio 0428 293 176

PCYC Cairns is happy to facilitate an NAIDOC themed disco for primary school aged children More

Wuchopperen's Cairns Community Health Day

Date: Wed 05 Jul 11:30 am
Location: Wuchopperen Health Service, 6 Moignard Street, Mooroobool

Contact: Irene Addo 4080 1000

The Community Health Day NAIDOC Week event is again being hosted by Wuchopperen Health Service Ltd More

NAIDOC - High School Disco

Date: Wed 05 Jul 07:00 pm
Location: Cairns State High School (Crosswell Hall), Grafton Street, North Cairns

Contact: Dulcie Pensio 0428 293 176

PCYC Cairns is happy to facilitate an NAIDOC themed disco for high school aged students More

NAIDOC - The Gathering

Date: Thu 06 Jul 09:00 am
Location: To be confirmed

Contact: Semara Jose 0431 556 375

Deadly Inspiring Youth Doing Good (DIYDG) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation is proud to host the inaugural Cairns NAIDOC event, called 'The Gathering' More

NAIDOC - Multi-Sports Day

Date: Thu 06 Jul 09:00 am
Location: Venue to be confirmed

Contact: Chris Coutts 4222 5235

A "Come and Try" multi-sports day, delivering a series of skills and drills based clinics including modified friendly games throughout the day More

NAIDOC - High Tea

Date: Thu 06 Jul 01:30 pm
Location: Pullman International Ballroom, 17 Abbott Street, Cairns

Contact: Donna Corrie 0457 328 280

A red carpet High Tea event that acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People More

NAIDOC Parade/ March

Date: Fri 07 Jul 09:00 am
Location: Muster at the back of Barlow Park, Corner Scott and Severin Streets, Parramatta Park

Contact: Donna Dewis 0408 452 420

A Parade/ March to celebrate NAIDOC Week in Cairns More

NAIDOC - Friday in the Park

Date: Fri 07 Jul 10:00 am
Location: Fogarty Park, The Esplanade

Contact: Lynette Dewis 0402 612 013

A family fun day at Fogarty Park, The Esplanade, including plenty of entertainment More

NAIDOC - Fun Run

Date: Sat 08 Jul 06:30 am
Location: Funship Parklands, North end of the Cairns Esplanade.

Contact: Tania Davis 0403 243 811

The second IMP Cairns NAIDOC Fun Run More

NAIDOC - Elders Luncheon

Date: Sat 08 Jul 12:30 pm
Location: To be advised

Contact: Wynetta Dewis 0448 120 052

Food and entertainment, designed specifically for Elders More

NAIDOC - Closing Ceremony

Date: Sun 09 Jul 11:00 am
Location: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Cairns Western Arterial Road, Caravonica

Contact: Jane Harris 4042 9999

Closing Ceremony will be held at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park More

2017 AFL Cape York NAIDOC Celebration

Date: Sat 12 Aug 03:00 pm
Location: AFL Cape York House, 53-75 Buchan St, Portsmith

Contact: Matthew Mulligan 0413 838 021

Celebrate our indigenous culture with traditional dancing, cooking, artwork, craftsmanship and story telling. More

Constitutional recognition

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has developed the Recognise Australia's First People's website as a platform for exploration, research and better understanding of the various issues and of the stakeholder groups most affected by the proposed referendum.

It provides factual background to the proposed referendum and access to a range of articles by prominent Australians both for and against constitutional recognition.

Last updated: 19 May 2017