Brisbane City Council has a variety of programs which acknowledge and value the unique contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make to the city. Developed in partnership with Brisbane’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, these programs support economic and cultural development for local communities and provide opportunities for everyone to engage with and learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.

Acknowledgement of Country

Brisbane City Council acknowledges this Country and its Traditional Custodians. We acknowledge and respect the spiritual relationship between Traditional Custodians and this Country, which has inspired language, songs, dances, lore and dreaming stories over many thousands of years. We pay our respects to the Elders, those who have passed into the dreaming; those here today; those of tomorrow.

May we continue to peacefully walk together in gratitude, respect and kindness in caring for this Country and one another.

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Aboriginal culture trails

Council helps to preserve and communicate Aboriginal cultural heritage through initiatives such as bushland culture trails and heritage trails.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Council’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan is the next step in our ongoing commitment to working with Brisbane’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as we continue our journey toward reconciliation.

Indigenous Art Program

An annual, city-wide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art program celebrated through visual art showcase and discussion. Featuring emerging to established artists.

Gathering

Gathering showcases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performances in the Queen Street Mall. Unique to Brisbane, it is the only Indigenous performance in Australia that is featured weekly in the heart of a major capital city.

Discover events and programs 

Watch our video and see how Council is creating opportunities for everyone to engage with and learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and peoples as we make Brisbane an accessible and inclusive city for all.

You can also view this video on Council's YouTube channel.

Video transcript

This is a transcript of the video on Council's YouTube channel: 'Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Brisbane',  featuring Brisbane City Council’s programs and initiatives. This video is nearly 2 minutes and 30 seconds long.

[Acknowledgment of Country]

Brisbane City Council acknowledges this Country and its Traditional Custodians.

We pay our respects to the Elders, those who have passed into the dreaming; those here today; those of tomorrow.

May we continue to peacefully walk together in gratitude, respect and kindness in caring for this Country and one another.

>>JILL ROBINSON: Brisbane was founded on the lands of the oldest continuing cultures on earth; cultures that are an intrinsic part of our thriving, modern city.

Brisbane City Council is dedicated to creating opportunities for everyone to engage with and learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and peoples as we make Brisbane an accessible and inclusive city for all.

We’ve been working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to offer programs and events to showcase culture.

… to showcase history.

… to showcase people.

… and to showcase achievements.

Our aim is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to bring these ancient cultures to the forefront of life in Brisbane.

Programs like Black History Month, which runs through July each year, offering experiences from family fun days, dance, art tours, exhibitions, and more.

… and the Indigenous Art Program; an annual celebration of some of the most widely recognised artists and stories.

Events like ‘Gathering’ in Queen Street Mall, which remains the only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performance happening weekly in the heart of a major capital city in Australia.

… and the Black Diamonds Community Partnership Scheme, supporting opportunities for young people to elders, to participate in local cultural learning activities.

Look around our city and you’ll find artwork by Goreng Goreng artist Rachael Sarra and Quandamooka/Nunukul woman Casey Coolwell integrated into our public transport.

Share in stories, songs, rhymes and play with your little ones during First 5 Forever Jarjum Storytime at Council libraries.

And explore native plants and symbolic totems on the bushland trails at Boondall Wetlands to uncover the historical significance of the area.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and traditions are an important part of the social and economic life of Brisbane and are for everyone to learn about, experience, and enjoy.

Get to know your city better by getting involved in these and many more of Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs and events today.

Featured events

Fri 14 Jun 2024 to Sun 3 Nov 2024
Free

From 14 June to 3 November 2024, we invite you to explore Council’s latest Outdoor Gallery exhibition, Paradise Gloss. Curated by Laura Brinin, Paradise Gloss...

Locations across Brisbane

Sat 22 Jun 2024, 2:00pm

The Northey Street City Farm Winter Solstice Festival is back for 2024! Join us for our annual Winter Solstice Festival, a celebration steeped in multicultural...

Northey Street City Farm

Wed 26 Jun 2024, 12:00pm
Free

Gathering present Getano Bann. Getano Bann ‘Narrator of Life Stories', is a remarkable and passionate Singer, Songwriter, and Storyteller of Scottish and Torres...

Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City

Fri 28 Jun 2024, 10:00am
Free

Join the Inala Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as they launch their NAIDOC Week celebrations. 2024 NAIDOC Week Theme "Keep the fire burning...

Inala Plaza,156 Inala Avenue, Inala

Fri 28 Jun 2024, 3:00pm
Free

Join us for free and fun craft activities to celebrate Matariki, the Maori new year. Ideal for children aged 3-8 years.

Bracken Ridge Library, 77 Bracken Street, Bracken Ridge

Wed 3 Jul 2024, 10:00am
Free

Join the Inala Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community for their NAIDOC Week celebrations. Entertainment includes dance performances, information and...

C.J. Greenfield Complex Park, Richlands

Wed 3 Jul 2024, 12:00pm
Free

Gathering presents Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers. The Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers have been in existence for over 25 years, travelling the world...

Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City

Thu 4 Jul 2024, 10:00am
Free

Come enjoy the Brisbane Northside NAIDOC Week celebrations. Entertainment includes a live band, dance performances, information and food stalls, community...

Koobara Kindergarten and Pre-prep Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Corporation, 421 Beams Road, Taigum

Fri 5 Jul 2024, 10:00am
Free

Join the Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School (The Murri School) for their NAIDOC Week celebrations Entertainment includes dance performances...

Aboriginal & Islander Independent Community School, 1277 Beaudesert Road, Acacia Ridge

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Brisbane City Council acknowledges this Country and its Traditional Custodians. We pay our respects to the Elders, those who have passed into the dreaming; those here today; those of tomorrow.