Indigenous Governance Awards 2022
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Narragunnawali Awards 2023
Winterfold Primary School and Stirling District Kindergarten are this years winners of the the national awards that recognise and celebrate Australian schools and early learning services implementing outstanding reconciliation initiatives.
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Indigenous Governance Awards 2024
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Reconciliation Australia, and the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute are proud to launch the Indigenous Governance Awards 2024. The awards publicly recognise and celebrate the outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led organisations and projects that, through their effective governance models, make extraordinary contributions to communities and to the nation.
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We are an independent not-for profit organisation, the lead body for reconciliation in Australia. We promote and facilitate reconciliation by building relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

What is Reconciliation

Find out about national reconciliation and how we track and measure progress.

Our Work

Our work focuses on influencing organisations, people and policies.

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Reconciliation Action Plans

Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG: Fearless, determined, nation builder

Supporting Indigenous Governance

The Indigenous Governance Program supports success and excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education

Professional learning, resources and tools for your school or early learning service to contribute to reconciliation.

Video: State of Reconciliation in Australia

Check out this 4-minute video outlining the key facts in the 2021 State of Reconciliation in Australia Report

National Reconciliation Week

Every year from 27 May to 3 June is National Reconciliation Week a time for all Australians to get involved in reconciliation.

Acknowledging
Country

Incorporating Acknowledgement of Country and Welcome to Country into meetings, gatherings, and events shows respect by upholding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural protocols.

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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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