Please support Canaipa Island

We are asking for your support for our Quandamooka Brothers and Sisters.

The Department of Natural Resources and Mines currently has a proposal to assign the officially named Russell Island, the dual names of Russell Island/Canaipa Island. This co-existing dual name protocol will exist until the Aboriginal name becomes commonplace. At this point it will be then known as Canaipa.

Federal MP Andrew Laming states that ONLY Russell Island residents should decide whether or not to change the name of Russell Island. However, we support the movement to have the country read in Jandai Aboriginal language. This matter is bigger than just the residents wishes.

Canaipa (place of ironbark spear) is significant to the Quandamooka People and their connection with the entire bay.

You can find more information here, including details about where do send your comments to.…/current-pro…/job-number-14-049

The closing date for comments is 29th July 2015. Comments should be sent to Ross Norman, I’ve also sent my letter to

Here is a sample letter you can use:

To Who It May Concern – Job number: 14-049

I support the change of name for Russell Island to Canaipa as it has deep cultural significance to the Aboriginal people of South East Queensland and in particular the Quandamooka people. I have spent time in Quandamooka Country and appreciate the rich Aboriginal history and culture present within the landscape and community. European settlers referred to Russell Island as Canaipa and the historian J.G.Steele mentions Canaipa in his book Aboriginal Pathways.

I believe that changing the bay Island names back to the original names is in keeping with other Aboriginal name places in this corner of Queensland. Many Brisbane suburbs carry Aboriginal names such as: Coorparoo, Doolandella ,Enoggera, Geebung, Indooroopilly, Jindalee, Karana (Downs), Karawatha, Keperra, Kuraby, Larapinta, Moggill, Moorooka, (Mt) Coot-tha, Murarrie, Nudgee, Nundah, Pinjarra (Hills), Pinkenba, Taigum, Taringa, Tingalpa, Toowong, Willawong, Woolloongabba, Wooloowin, Wynnum.

A precedent has already been set in naming a Quandamooka bay islander with its traditional Aboriginal name and that is Coochiemudlo Island therefore naming Russell Island Canaipa Island is not unique. Naming the bay islands with the traditional Aboriginal names will also demonstrate the Queensland Government’s “Strengthen cultural tourism” commitment by marketing, packaging and promoting cultural experience within local governments to deliver tourism ready programs in the cultural sector.

Your sincerely

[your name]

Thanks to sistah Megan Cope for alerting us to this important matter.