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.

For more information visit Reconciliation.org.au.

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.