Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning

Narragunnawali (pronounced narra-gunna-wally) is a word from the language of the Ngunnawal people, Traditional Owners of the land on which Reconciliation Australia’s Canberra office is located.

We pay our respects and thank the United Ngunnawal Elders Council for giving us permission to use the word Narragunnawali. It is an important symbol for us, being a national program, to acknowledge and recognise the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, learn and teach.

Narragunnawali means peace, alive, wellbeing and coming together.

Program development

Launched in 2015, Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning is a program designed for Australian early learning, primary and secondary schools, in particular the teachers and educators within these settings.

Narragunnawali was designed/developed over a two year period (2011-2013), following a number of years of scoping and is informed by a strong program logic. Reconciliation Australia engaged in wide consultation with both industry experts and stakeholders.

We have worked with education providers and organisations in each State and Territory to develop a program that doesn’t duplicate or replicate any of the great work that is being done to build reconciliation across the country. Key stakeholders include Indigenous Education Consultative Bodies, the Government, Catholic and Independent school sectors and of course teachers, parents and students.

Narragunnawali aims to develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions. Along with the Workplace Reconciliation Action Plan program and work in communities, Narragunnawali forms Reconciliation Australia’s core business.