Indigenous Aspirations Strategy
The Indigenous Aspirations Strategy (IAS) builds on Brisbane City Council's commitment to creating a city that equally values its history and looks to its future. The strategy was designed to meet the aspirations, hopes and visions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Brisbane. It was developed in a way that would allow it to be flexible enough to evolve as communities and their needs change.
Council engaged with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups in 2004 to better understand their specific needs. From these discussions it was clear that the community wanted to work in partnership with Council to develop programs for their communities. This feedback was a key consideration when writing and implementing the strategy.
The IAS was delivered between 2005 and 2008. Due to its ongoing relevance, Council has continued to adopt its principles and strategies and invest in the delivery of key programs such as Gathering, Maiwar and Black History Month.
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Council held a number of community consultation sessions in October 2018. The information gained from these sessions will be used to develop a new draft Strategy that reflects current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community needs, issues, priorities and aspirations.
Highlights and initiatives
Under the current IAS, Council implemented the following example initiatives.
Aboriginal Dual Park Names project
Council consulted with Traditional Owner groups to peer review the initial research on the cultural significance of parks/open spaces and provide the Aboriginal name, meaning and language group for various parks across Brisbane. As a result, in 2007, one park per ward was signed with an Aboriginal dual name.
Black History Month
Black History Month takes place in July each year. The program showcases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, heritage and culture that acknowledges and celebrates First Australians' achievements and contributions to the city.
Read more about Black History Month.
An Indigenous performing arts program encompassing contemporary and traditional dance, art, music, storytelling and comedy. Performances are held weekly in Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City.
Find out about the different Gathering events.
Maiwar is a contemporary art program of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture celebrated through a series of outdoor exhibitions, panel discussions and guided tours. Located in the heart of Brisbane City, the program offers rich and diverse responses to the artist’s connection with Brisbane. During the Commonwealth Games, Festival 2018, it was one of the flagship events on the program. During the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), Maiwar was one of the flagship events for Festival 2018, a diverse arts and cultural program which showcased Brisbane as an Event City for GC2018.
Read more about Maiwar.
To find out more about the Indigenous Aspirations Strategy, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.