Council participates in and supports regular celebrations of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Ipswich.

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.

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Community Open Day

Reconciliation in Ipswich – Culture, community, nature and food
Friday 17 June 2022

10.00 am – 2.00 pm

Hardings Paddock Picnic Area, Hardings Paddock, Carmichaels Road, Purga.

Join us to celebrate Reconciliation Week and launch the new elements of the cultural hub at Hardings Paddock. Enjoy environmental talks, yarning, cultural performers, information stalls, food, and Elder’s area.

Register your free ticket here.

For further information contact Ipswich City Council on (07) 3810 6666 or email

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.

Ipswich NAIDOC Family and Cultural Celebration

Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

Thursday 7 July 2022
10.00 am – 2.00 pm
Briggs Road Sporting Complex, Flinders View

Enjoy a day of celebration with cultural performers, information stalls, entertainment, food, children’s rides and Elder’s area.

Stallholders are invited to participate by completing this Registration Form.

We have a proud history of getting up, standing up, and showing up.

From the frontier wars and our earliest resistance fighters to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities fighting for change today—we continue to show up.

Now is our time. We cannot afford to lose momentum for change.

We all must continue to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for systemic change and keep rallying around our mob, our Elders, our communities.

Whether it’s seeking proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, Constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties, or calling out racism—we must do it together.

It must be a genuine commitment by all of us to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and support and secure institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative reforms.

It’s also time to celebrate the many who have driven and led change in our communities over generations—they have been the heroes and champions of change, of equal rights and even basic human rights.

Getting Up, Standing Up, and Showing Up can take many forms.

We need to move beyond just acknowledgment, good intentions, empty words and promises, and hollow commitments. Enough is enough.

The relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non‑Indigenous Australians needs to be based on justice, equity, and the proper recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights.

Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! with us to amplify our voices and narrow the gap between aspiration and reality, good intent and outcome.

For more information phone (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, Multifunctional 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.

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Sorry Day

In 1995, the Commonwealth Attorney General established the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children 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.

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