National Reconciliation Week 2021 Launch

The 2021 National Reconciliation Week theme, ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

We are officially launching 2021 National Reconciliation Week by asking everyone to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Country you are on.

Join us at 9am AEST on Thursday 27 May and share your acknowledgement on social media to show the strength and respect of the reconciliation movement.

You can also register and post on the Facebook event. If you are at an event at that time of day, add your voices to the national event.

Use #NRW2021 and #MoreThanAWord to tag your posts and download posters and resources.

Acknowledging Country shows you accept and understand that no matter where you are across this nation, you are on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands.


2021’s theme urges us all to take action for reconciliation. Check out 20 actions you can take for reconciliation in 2021.

Reconciliation is more than raising awareness and knowledge. As a nation, and importantly, as people, we need to move from ‘safe’ to ‘brave’ in order to realise the promise of reconciliation.

Events during the week

We are overwhelmed by the number of events being added to the National Reconciliation Week 2021 calendar. You can post and share your own event now.

The calendar is full of seminars, webinars, walks, celebrations, and commemorations. While some are in-person events, many are virtual so you can experience, learn and take action from wherever you are.

About National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week is on every year from 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

#NRW2021  #MoreThanAWord

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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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