Narragunnawali Awards 2023 launched

Reconciliation Australia is proud to launch the fourth Narragunnawali, reconciliation Awards, recognising outstanding commitment to reconciliation in education.

The Awards, held every two years since 2017, are Australia’s first and only national awards to recognise and celebrate schools and early learning services demonstrating dedication and commitment to implementing reconciliation initiatives. 

The Narragunnawali Awards 2021 highlighted schools and early learning services from all around the country recognised and celebrated for their outstanding reconciliation initiatives. 

Reconciliation Australia CEO, Karen Mundine said the Awards, are an uplifting time for the organisation.  

“It’s a very special time for Reconciliation Australia when we get to see the best of reconciliation efforts happening in our schools and early learning services.  

“The Awards show the tangible ways schools and early learning services are strengthening relationships, building respect, and providing meaningful opportunities in the classroom, around the school or service, and with the community.” 

The two Awards categories are:  

Schools: including primary, secondary, senior secondary and combined schools within the Government, Independent or Catholic sectors.  

Early Learning: including early childhood education and care, preschool, family day care and out of school hours care services.  

Cash prizes of $10,000 as well as media and special engagement and networking opportunities are on offer to the winning school and early learning service judged to display outstanding commitment to reconciliation.   

One of Australia’s leading educationalists and Awards patron, Narungga man, Professor Peter Buckskin said the importance of reconciliation in education cannot be overestimated.  

“Creating the learning environment is necessary for all students to engage with and learn more about Australia’s First Peoples, pre and post white settlement,” said Professor Buckskin.  

“There is still a great need for teachers and school leaders to develop their knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories. 

“I have been committed to the Reconciliation Australia agenda since its inception and firmly believe we will achieve true reconciliation through the education of future generations,” he said. 

Nominations and applications for The Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education Awards 2023 are now open.  

About Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education 

Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education is a program of Reconciliation Australia, which supports schools and early learning services in Australia to develop environments that actively engage the hearts and minds of future generations to contribute to the reconciliation process.  

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

About the Narragunnawali Awards 

Reconciliation Australia, in partnership with the BHP Foundation, holds the Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education Awards every two years to identify, celebrate and promote outstanding commitment to reconciliation in education environments and to share these inspirational stories across the country. 

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.

Skip to content
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap