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First Nations Peoples Information

Holli | Embrace 1990 | Acrylic on Paper | 169cm x 118.5cm

Constitutional Recognition of Australia's First Peoples

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has developed the Recognise First Peoples website with the Queensland Volunteer Working Group, supported by Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) and Reconciliation Queensland. It provides factual details about the referendum on constitutional recognition of Australia’s first peoples, and a background to the proposed referendum and articles for and against constitutional recognition.

Recognising dates of significance to First Nations peoples

Council recognises annual dates of significance to First Nations peoples. For a comprehensive list of dates, visit the Queensland Government Annual Dates of Cultural Significance to see events of importance to First Nations peoples.

'Welcome to Country' and 'Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners' protocols

Council supports the practice of procuring 'Welcome to Country' from and acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the Western Downs; the Barunggam to the west of Dalby, the Iman (Yiman) around the Wandoan area, the Bigambul around the Tara area, and the Jarowair around the Bunya mountains area.

The traditional owners have been identified in accordance with the Map of indigenous Australia, provided on the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website.

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

"We acknowledge the sovereignty and ownership of traditional custodial owners of all the First Nations on whose land we live and work, and acknowledge both the past and present first peoples, their elders, languages, customs, culture and connection to this wonderful country”