Update: 2021 Australian Reconciliation Convention

The 2021 Australian Reconciliation Convention, the first national reconciliation gathering in more than 20 years, will continue as a highly interactive online experience, accessible from anywhere in Australia.

The Convention will be live-streamed over three half-days exclusively via EventCast, an award-winning and immersive event platform, from Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 November.

“We had always planned for the Convention program to be a rewarding and accessible experience for all – whether experienced in-person or online,” said Reconciliation Australia CEO Karen Mundine.

“Our ticket sales had already reflected interest in both of those experiences.

“While we understand how much everyone – including us – was looking forward to meeting in person, we will come together in the most safe, informative and engaging way for the Convention to proceed in the current environment.

“Building on our experience in delivering online events in the past 18 months, we have adjusted the original two-day program to three half-days, ensuring the most accessible experience across all time zones.

“Reconciliation is more than just raising awareness and knowledge. The Australian Reconciliation Convention will take us to a place of brave action through brave discussions.”

The Convention’s program has been fine-tuned in presentation and delivery to maximise the EventCast experience. An array of high-profile speakers will join us, including Dr Jackie Huggins, Jean-Paul Gladu, Benjamin Law, Sally Scales, and Kirli Saunders.A Convention highlight sees Yawuru man, Senator Patrick Dodson and Chief J Wilton Littlechild who is a member of the Ermineskin Cree Nation, which is located on Treaty 6 territory in Alberta, Canada.

Ticketing and registrations
All purchased tickets for the Convention remain valid. Any difference in pricing will be refunded.

Haven’t yet bought your ticket?
We are offering a 10% discount on ticket prices to join this once in a generation event.
Head to the Convention website to buy your ticket.

The 2021 Australian Reconciliation Convention is a landmark event in Australia’s reconciliation journey. The program includes local, national and international perspectives and will reflect on the past to explore the future of a just, equitable, and reconciled Australia.

Join us and this ever-growing community of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians to discuss, learn and recommit to the next steps in our reconciliation journey as we urge the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

Check out the 2021 Australian Reconciliation Convention site for more information.

Paul House with gum leaves and smoke
Paul Girrawah House

Paul Girrawah House has multiple First Nation ancestries from the South-East Canberra region, including the Ngambri-Ngurmal (Walgalu), Pajong (Gundungurra), Wallabollooa (Ngunnawal) and Erambie/Brungle (Wiradyuri) family groups.

Paul acknowledges his diverse First Nation history, he particularly identifies as a descendant of Onyong aka Jindoomang from Weereewaa (Lake George) and Henry ‘Black Harry’ Williams from Namadgi who were both multilingual, essentially Walgalu-Ngunnawal-Wiradjuri speaking warriors and Ngunnawal–Wallaballooa man William Lane aka ‘Billy the Bull’ - Murrjinille.

Paul was born at the old Canberra hospital in the centre of his ancestral country and strongly acknowledges his First Nation matriarch ancestors, in particular his mother Dr Aunty Matilda House-Williams and grandmother, Ms Pearl Simpson-Wedge.

Paul completed a Bachelor of Community Management from Macquarie University, and Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage and Management from CSU.

Paul provided the Welcome to Country for the 47th Opening of Federal Parliament in 2022. Paul is Board Director, Ngambri Local Aboriginal Land Council, Member Indigenous Reference Group, National Museum of Australia and Australian Government Voice Referendum Engagement Group.  

Paul works on country with the ANU, First Nations Portfolio as a Senior Community Engagement Officer

Acknowledgement of Country

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing  connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.

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