Indigenous services

The Moreton Bay Region extends through Jinibara, Kabi Kabi and Yuggera traditional Country. Council respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of these lands, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Council celebrates the traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognises their special relationship with the land, waterways and sea. 

Council has a variety of services and initiatives aimed to support and work with the region’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

NAIDOC Week Celebrations

NAIDOC Week (National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee) celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country.

The NAIDOC Week theme for 2018 was ‘Because of Her We Can’. View local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have made a difference in local Moreton Bay communities.

In 2019, NAIDOC Week will be held from 7 - 14 July with the theme 'Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let's work together for a shared future'.

Council acknowledges the importance of NAIDOC Week and supports a variety of events held throughout the region.  For more information on events and funding opportunities visit NAIDOC Week.

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. These dates commemorate two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey; the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision, respectively.

Community Networks in the Moreton Bay Region

Council supports several key community networking opportunities including the Yarning Circle and Murri Network meetings.

The Yarning Circle is a place for community members to introduce, share and support matters concerning the improvement and well-being of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Such matters are then shared the following month with the Murri Network comprising of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous government, service providers and community representatives for action.

Refer to Community Network Meetings for further information.

Welcoming Places

Discover Council's Welcoming Places in Bribie Island, Caboolture, Deception Bay and Redcliffe Libraries.

These dedicated library spaces welcome people to find and share information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.  You can view the collection of information by visiting the Libraries website.

Cultural Heritage Groups

To find the native title party or Aboriginal party for an area in the Moreton Bay Region, contact the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.  These parties serve as the first point of contact for cultural heritage matters and Welcome to Country requests.

Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners and Elders

Cultural protocols such as Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners, pay respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and Traditional Owners.  Information about these protocols can be found on the Queensland Government website.

Contact Council

For further information contact Council or email communityprograms@moretonbay.qld.gov.au.