Australia's First Peoples are represented by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have different and distinct languages, histories and cultures.
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 also 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 government 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.
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.