NRW Events Calendar 2024

Every year workplaces, schools, early learning services, community groups, reconciliation groups, and people right across the country host a whole range of activities and events during National Reconciliation Week (NRW).

Check out the events below and see how you can mark NRW at an event near you.

The dates for NRW are the same each year; 27 May to 3 June.

Please note: the events posted below are not the responsibility of Reconciliation Australia. If you have any questions regarding an event, please contact the organisers.

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Bird in Hand Winery | Kaurna Smoking Ceremony

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ACST

Join Kaurna Elder, Uncle Mickey Kumatpi Marrutya O’Brien, at Bird in Hand Winery in the Adelaide Hills (Peramangk Country) on Sunday 2 June at 1pm for a traditional Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony.

A Smoking Ceremony is an ancient custom that has existed among Aboriginal tribes for over 60,000 years. It involves the burning of native Australian plants which produces cleansing smoke, to acknowledge Kaurna ancestors and pay respect to Country, waters, and seas.

Bird in Hand Winery recognises that First Nations Peoples maintain an enduring connection with this Country. Their deep cultural heritage and ongoing efforts to preserve and nurture Country should never be forgotten nor significance diminished. We are deeply committed to acknowledging our nation’s shared past, to create the capacity to move towards a future where First Nations Peoples are self-determining, with equitable outcomes and greater agency.


June 2
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ACST
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Bird in Hand
150 Pfeiffer Road
Woodside, South Australia 5244 Australia


Bird in Hand
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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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