National Reconciliation Week hosts record number of events

A record 278 public and private events are already registered for National Reconciliation Week across the country, showing Australians are proud to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and peoples Reconciliation Australia CEO Leah Armstrong said today.

“With less than one week to go to the start of National Reconciliation Week (NRW) on May 27, we want to pay our respects to each and every person and organisations that has turned the meaning of reconciliation into action by holding an event where they talk about recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures,” Ms Armstrong said.

For the first time, all events across the country are being logged on a single website where community members and media can search for what is going on in their area by State and date.

Among hundreds of others, major State events include:

  • NT: Saturday 26 May- 2 June, Gagudju Lodge Cooinda National Park, Jim Jim will hold a week long program of cultural activities involving Traditional Owners, Staff and guests to raise awareness of National Reconciliation Week.
  • Canberra: Sunday 27 May 12.30pm, BYO barbecue lunch at Reconciliation Place to launch the week followed by a tour of key reconciliation portraits in the National Portrait Gallery by Reconciliation Australia Co-Chair, Tom Calma
  • Melbourne: Sunday 27 May 2.30pm, Reconciliation Week Concert with Deborah Cheetham, William Barton, Monash Academy Orchestra at Melbourne Town Hall
  • Adelaide: Tuesday 29 May 7pm, The Don Dunstan Foundation presents The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG to deliver the annual Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration: Constitutions, interventions and other melancholy tales at Bonython Hall North Terrace, University of Adelaide
  • Perth: Wednesday 30 May 10am, State War Memorial Remember Indigenous Service, one of many ceremonies across Australia to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Indigenous by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the RSL, State & Federal Agencies, Indigenous Veterans and other Ex-Service and Community organisations.
  • Sydney: Thursday 31 May 7.30pm, I’m Not Racist But… talk and Q&A session brought to you by NSW Reconciliation Council and All Together Now at the York Theatre, Seymour Centre, University of Sydney
  • QLD: Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 June 10am-5pm, Townsville Reconciliation Festival


A festival promoting reconciliation and commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Mabo High Court decision, Strand Park.

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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