RQI vision

An equitable and informed Queensland, which recognises a shared past and respects Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first Australians.



Saturday, 1 October 2016

Arana Leagues Club, 247 Dawson Parade, Keperra

1.00pm for a 1.30pm start – Panther Room

Guest Speaker – HELENA GULASH – a Kabi Kabi (Gubbi Gubbi) woman with a long career in Indigenous affairs spanning over 35 years.

Annual General Meeting
In order to vote or nominate at the AGM you must be a financial member of RQI. Please contact us to request a membership form which provides membership through to 1 July 2017. Please join or renew your current membership if necessary prior to 1 October 2016.


  • Potential Committee Members are required to nominate 14 days prior to the AGM, that is by Saturday 17 September 2016.
  • If no written nominations are received for a position, nominations may be taken from the floor of the AGM.
  • All of the executive committee positions will be declared vacant at the commencement of the AGM.
  • Half of the general committee positions will be declared vacant at the commencement of the AGM.
  • Where there is more than one nomination for a position, members will be asked to vote in a secret ballot.

If you are unable to attend the AGM, you may appoint a proxy. Please request a form.

Our Shared History – Seminar

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Exploration & Settlement: Co-operation & Conflict

A seminar about co-operation and conflict, and relations between Aboriginal people and settlers in exploration and settlement. Tickets includes bush tucker morning tea, lunch and admission to Noosa museum, next door.

CHAIR: Dr Keane Wheeler (Head, Indigenous Services), Buranga Centre, University of Sunshine Coast

Session One – Co-operation
Kabi Kabi and Kenilworth station

  • Kabi Kabi Traditional Owners – Uncle Nurdon Serico, Melinda, Maurice, Michael Serico, and
  • Helena Gulash (Arts and Cultural Advocate)

Session Two – Conflict
The frontier wars and Aboriginal resistance in South East Queensland

  • Val Donovan (historian),
  • Beverly Hand (Kabi Kabi Cultural Educator), and
  • Dr Ray Kerkhove (historian)

Book online or download the flyer here. Tickets $35 (waged) and $25 (unwaged).

For enquiries please contact: Maggie Ross 0432 853 998 or maggie.ross@bigpond.com

Donated books arrive in Torres Strait

Child reading book at school

Reconciliation Queensland is pleased to inform our members and supporters that the books collected at our Australia Day event this year and donated to schools in the Torres Strait Islands have arrived at their destination!

John Duus, Head of Campus at Tagai Secondary Campus Thursday Island (known locally as Waybeni Koey Ngurpay Mudh), wrote to notify us of their safe arrival.

“Please find attached some photos from our campus using the books your team donated. Much appreciated and thank you for your kind donation,” Mr Duus said.

“Reading is a key priority for us and our students enjoyed opening the box (just like Christmas) but also its beautiful contents. Please thank your sponsors and sorry for the delay in getting back to you,” he said.

Students reading books in classroom

Students reading books in classroom


Reading for Reconciliation dates 2016

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The Reading for Reconciliation Group has announced their diary dates and book titles for 2016. The group meets in the Community Room at the Brisbane City Council George Street Library at from 10am till 12.30pm.

NB: The volunteer coordinator who will lead discussions is identified (in brackets).

7 February: Not Just Black and White by Lesley and Tammy Williams (Sarah Knox)

20 March: Aboriginal campsites of greater Brisbane by Dr Ray Kerkhove (Author coming to lead this discussion)

15 May: On Track by John Blay (Desley)

26 June: Warrior by Libby Connors (Sarah)

7 August: Frontier Justice by Tony Roberts (Gay)

18 September: Murri on a Mission by Albert Holt (Bob)

30 October: Cockatoo by Roy McIvor (Rosalie)

11 December: The Secret War by Jonathan Richards (Peta Anne)

More information: www.readingforreconciliation.org.au

NOTE: This post was updated on 6 Feb 2016

Honouring our forgotten heroes

Co-Patron of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dedicated Memorial Committee Queensland, Dame Quentin Bryce, attended the unveiling of the four shortlisted memorial design models at a ceremony on December 2nd at Brisbane’s City Hall.

That same evening, Dame Quentin spoke to Indigistream about the finalists and the importance of having a dedicated memorial to recognise fallen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women in all world war conflicts.

The video of that interview can be viewed on the ATSIDMCQ website or on YouTube.

ATSIDMCQ website

Our Co-Chairs Peter Jackson and Uncle ‘Blinky’ Bill Buchanan also attended the ceremony, where they got chatting to ATSIDMCQ Co-Chair, Warrant Officer (retired) Lorraine Hatton. 

ATSIDMCQ ceremony

RQI Co-Chairs Peter Jackson and Uncle ‘Blinky’ Bill Buchanan at the unveiling of four shortlisted memorial designs, with ATSIDMCQ Co-Chair Lorraine Hatton.

Images of the design finalists’ models can be viewed on the Brisbane Times website.

Brisbane Times: Anzac Square Diggers: Shortlist for first Australians' military memorial

The models will be on display at the Museum of Brisbane during December 2015 and January 2016.

The winning design will be selected in early 2016 following consultation with several stakeholders, including community elders, Brisbane City Council and the Historical Society.

It is estimated that $1 million will need to be raised to build the memorial, with space already allocated in Brisbane’s ANZAC Square.

Griffith University has been working for around four years to get this project off the ground. If you wish to show your support, you can donate to the ATSIDMCQ fund here.

Constitutional recognition website launched in Brisbane

Reconciliation Queensland Co-Chair Uncle Bill Buchanan and respected academic and community elder Aunty Mary Graham officially launched our new Recognise Australia’s First Peoples website on Thursday, October 22, at a small function in Musgrave Park, West End.

The website is the product of a collaboration between Reconciliation Queensland and ANTaR Queensland and aims to help people access the diversity of views and information regarding the movement for constitutional recognition of Australia’s first peoples. 

Visit the site: www.recogniseaustraliasfirstpeoples.com

Cathy Van Extel from ABC Radio National’s breakfast program, later interviewed Uncle Bill, Aunty Mary and Tim Callanan, a member of the constitutional advisory group, about the reasons behind the new website. To listen, click on the image below.

RN Breakfast: New website shines spotlight issues surrounding Indigenous consitutional recognition

New website shines spotlight issues surrounding Indigenous constitutional recognition (RN Breakfast)

Want to find a Journey to Recognition event near you?

Join Recognise as Australia embarks on a ‘Journey to Recognition‘ – an epic relay across our country building momentum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution.

To find a Journey to Recognition event near you, visit the Recognise website: http://www.recognise.org.au/thejourney

Or to view a calendar of upcoming Journey to Recognition events, visit http://www.recognise.org.au/thejourney/events/

Under development

Our new website is being continually developed and some content is still to come. For urgent queries or information requests, please contact us via the Contact us email form on this site.