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Indigenous Events

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey-the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.
The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee

Ipswich City Council recognises the importance placed on NAIDOC celebrations as these events acknowledge both the struggles and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and provides a great opportunity for all Australians to celebrate as one.

NAIDOC is an evolving event which Ipswich City Council continues to support both financially and with in-kind services. It is an important event utilising the skills and knowledge pf the elders and community leaders and organisations to provide a space where cultural practices are seen as providing positive influence on the youth.

NAIDOC is celebrated nationally in July and all Australians have the opportunity to celebrate many facets of ancient and modern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Ipswich City Council is proud to support the Ipswich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on a journey of sharing and greater understanding of evolving cultural traditions with the wider community.

There are a number of events celebrated in Ipswich annually Ipswich City Council works the Ipswich NAIDOC Committee to coordinate NAIDOC celebrations in partnership with the community organisations and service providers and these groups welcome all community to share in these events.

(Visit for more information on the history of NAIDOC.)


The annual Ipswich NAIDOC Family and Cultural Celebration held during NAIDOC Week aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites through story and song. Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of  being lost as Elders pass on.

On the day visitors can enjoy:

* Arts and crafts
* Rides and entertainment
* Food
* Information stalls

Organisations wishing to apply to participate in the 2018 Ipswich NAIDOC Family and Cultural Celebration (information, arts and crafts and/or food display stalls) are invited to download/complete the registration form when it becomes available - please check this page at a later date.

For more information contact Council on (07) 3810 6655.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day


The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) is the national non-government peak body in Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

SNAICC was formally established in 1981 after the creation of such a body was proposed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the 'First Aboriginal Child Survival Seminar' held in Melbourne in 1979. The organisation elected its first national executive in 1982 and has received Federal Government funding support from 1983.

SNAICC has a membership base of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-based child care agencies, Multi-functional Aboriginal Children's Services, crèches, long day care child care services, preschools, early childhood education services, early childhood support organisations, family support services, foster care agencies, link up and family reunification services, family group homes, community groups and voluntary associations, and services for young people at risk.

SNAICC also has a network and subscriber base of over 1400 organisations and individuals, mostly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, but also significant numbers of other community based services and individuals and state and federal agencies with an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children.

Sorry Day

In 1995, the Commonwealth Attorney General established a National Enquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children taken from their Families, to be conducted by the human Rights Commission.

The outcome of the enquiry produced the Bringing them Home report. This report acknowledged that 'Indigenous children have been forcibly separated from their families and communities since the very first days of the European occupation of Australia' by governments and missionaries.

These children, known as the "Stolen Generations" were separated from their families and used as guides, servants and farm labour. Continuing into the late 1960's children were removed from their families to be brought up in institutions or fostered out to white families as part of Australia's assimilation policy.