First Peoples' information

NAIDOC WEEK 8-15 July 2018

Council is proud to once again be part of the annual NAIDOC week celebrations held throughout the region.

NAIDOC week 2018 will be celebrated nationally from Sunday 8 to Sunday 15 July with Cairns celebrations beginning on Friday 6 July with the Cairns NAIDOC March from Barlow Park.

BECAUSE OF HER, WE CAN! NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

See below for information on celebrations and activities taking place across the Cairns region.

Australia's First Peoples

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.

Last updated: 28 June 2018