First Nations peoples
Logan is home to people from diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations and languages.
At the time of the 2016 census 9,813 of Logan’s residents identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, representing 3.2% of our population. The local community have advised that the actual figure is much higher.
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first peoples of Australia. We uphold their ongoing connection to the lands, waterways, cultures and languages.
We also acknowledge there is a gap in life outcomes for First Nations Australians compared to non-Indigenous Australians. This includes gaps in life expectancy, health, educational attainment and employment.
We commit to working towards reconciliation and contributing to closing the gap in Logan.
Reconciliation Action Plan
Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) support organisations to develop respectful relationships and create meaningful opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We have delivered two RAPs since 2015. Through our RAPs we have:
- Increased staff and public awareness about First Nations history, cultures and perspectives
- Delivered programs, services, exhibitions and public artworks in partnership with First Nations peoples
- Established a First Nations Community Action Group to strengthen relationships with Logan’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- Worked within our sphere of influence towards closing the gap
Our RAP Working Group is responsible for developing and implementing our RAP. It includes three Councillors, the Community Services Director, 11 Managers, seven First Nations staff, several branch representatives and passionate staff.
We are taking the time between our second and third RAP to:
- Complete commitments from our second RAP. This includes creating employment and retention strategies and reviewing protocols for engagement
- Strengthen relationships and collaboration with First Nations communities to guide our next RAP
For more information about the national reconciliation framework visit the Reconciliation Australia website.
Significant dates for First Nations peoples
There are a number of significant dates and events for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. These dates present opportunities for learning about our shared history and progressing reconciliation. These include:
Survival Day. January 26 has many meanings. It is Australia Day for some and it is also, for some, Survival Day. Our national day provides an opportunity to acknowledge and learn about our nation's past.
Anniversary of Apology in 2008 for the laws and policies of successive parliaments and governments that inflicted grief, suffering and losses on Australia’s First Nations peoples.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination marks the beginning of a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination. We know this as Harmony Week in Australia.
|3rd Thursday in March||National Close the Gap Day to bring people together to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving health equality for First Nations peoples.|
|15 April||Anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody 1991.|
National Sorry Day remembers and acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities. We now know this as ‘The Stolen Generations’.
|27 May||Anniversary of 1967 Referendum where Australians voted to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the census. It also gave the Australian Government the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.|
|27 May - 3 June||National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements. It is also a time to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.|
Mabo Day on this day in 1992 the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision. This led to the legal recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of lands. This decision paved the way for Native Title.
Coming of the Light is a holiday celebrated by Torres Strait Islander peoples. It recognises the adoption of Christianity through island communities in 1871.
|First week of July||NAIDOC Week is a celebration of the history, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Every year NAIDOC Week celebrations are centred on a theme chosen by a national organising committee.|
|4 August||National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day is a time to celebrate the strengths and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.|
|9 August||International Day of the World's Indigenous People to promote and protect the rights of the world's Indigenous populations.|
NAIDOC Week 2022
This years NAIDOC 2022 theme is Get up! Stand up! Show up! It encourages all of us to champion institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative change while celebrating those who have already driven and led change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over generations.
NAIDOC Week 2022 will be held from Sunday 3 July to Sunday 10 July. Visit the NAIDOC website for more information about this year’s NAIDOC theme.
First Nations Community Action Group
In September 2020 we established a First Nations Community Action Group with Elders and representatives of Logans First Nations communities. The group meets every two months to:
- Discuss, progress and action priorities for Logan’s First Nations community within Councils sphere of influence
- Provide a platform for Council to engage with Elders and leaders in relation to Council priorities, projects and initiatives
- Build meaningful relationships between Logan's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Council
Membership of the group is open to:
- Elders, leaders and representatives of Logan's First Nations communities
- First Nations youth representatives
- Logan City Council representatives
- Logan City Council Councillors
Relevant government and community services are welcome to attend so they may listen and contribute to supporting community.
Council's Community Services branch coordinates and secretariats the meetings. Invitations are sent to First Nations Elders and community representatives within Councils networks and/or as suggested by community.
To express your interest in being invited to be a part of this group, please email email@example.com. You can also phone 07 3412 3412 and ask to speak to the Community Development team.
Library services and resources
Our libraries offer resources and services designed to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
We have also worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and communities to collect and present series’ of digital stories. Go to our libraries webpage for more information.