Dr Mabo was a proud Aboriginal woman with South Sea Islander ancestry and family ties to Vanuatu.
A 2013 Order of Australia recipient, Dr Mabo was recognised recently with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from James Cook University for her contribution to social justice and human rights.
Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Jackie Trad said Dr Bonita Mabo was an incredibly important and enduring voice for change for First Nations and South Sea Islander peoples.
Her influence and that of her late husband, Eddie Mabo, can be felt all around us her legacy is in the wind, the water and the land we all now share.
The theme of NAIDOC Week this year was because of her, we can and how true that is of Dr Bonita Mabo. We are a better Queensland and a better Australia because of her.
One of the most prominent Indigenous women in Australian history, Dr Mabo empowered countless Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to speak from the heart and stand up for what they believe in.
Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Jackie Trad said Dr Mabo would be fondly remembered as an Elder, an educator and an activist.
Dr Mabo was passionate about education and decades before the landmark native title fight which made her a household name, she established Australias first Aboriginal community school in Townsville, Ms Trad said.
In her later years, Dr Mabo fought on behalf of the South Sea Islander community, sharing their history and advocating for their right to be recognised.
This State funeral will be an opportunity for everyone in our community to pay tribute to Dr Mabo, reflecting on her outstanding life and legacy.
The Premier said the Mabo case was instrument in acknowledging the history of dispossession in Australia and overturning the legal fiction of terra nullius.
Eddie Mabo remains an icon for all Australians and I am incredibly proud that this strong and determined Queenslander has had such a lasting impact for our country.