Olkola People are ‘Freshwater People’, with no sea country.
The Olkola Nation originates from central Cape York Peninsula, with a Traditional Estate that encompasses over one million hectares of land between Laura township to the east and Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw to the west.
Europeans came to OIkola Country in the 1800s – for gold and cattle. This period saw almost all of Olkola country converted to cattle stations, with the Queensland Government issuing pastoral leases over Olkola Country to white station owners.
Many Olkola People were able to remain on country during this period, working for local station owners and continuing to care for country and culture. However, other Olkola People were forcibly removed by the Government and placed in communities, far and wide, throughout Queensland; a shared fate of many Aboriginal Groups in Australia.
Today, many Olkola People live on country, in Cape York communities (Coen, Laura, Kowanyama, Hopevale, and Pormpuraaw) as well as other Queensland communities such as Yarrabah, Cairns, Townsville and Palm Island.
The Olkola People are united in their quest to move forward, to return to country, to care for country and to pursue sustainable opportunities for country to provide for its people.
The Corporation is committed to achieving this aim of the Olkola People through:
- Providing opportunities for all Olkola People to return to country and connect with country through events such as annual on country camps
- Employing Olkola People to manage the growing estate of Olkola Country that the Corporation is now responsible for.