New national reconciliation program launched in Adelaide

Reconciliation Australia recently launched its new, national program, Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning in Adelaide

The event will mark the official beginning of the program which supports schools and early learning services to increase respect and strengthen relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Professor Peter Buckskin and Senator Anne Ruston will speak at the event.

The launch of Narragunnawali follows more than two years of extensive collaborative development that sought to learn from the great work that so many organisations, schools, teachers and educators have been actively engaging in for many years.

Narragunnawali aims to continue to build on this work to support a community of schools through curriculum resources, professional learning opportunities for staff and an online Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Developer.

Justin Mohamed, CEO, Reconciliation Australia said the time was right for the new education-focused program.

“National level frameworks like the Australian Curriculum, the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and the National Quality Framework for early learning are well positioned to progress reconciliation in Australian schools and early learning services.”

“Many schools believe they don’t need to participate because there are no Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander kids at their school. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Every Australian school and early learning service can join the Narragunnawali community to help all children to understand, respect and have pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures,” said Mr Mohamed.

Narragunnawali is wholly funded by BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and builds on a long partnership between Reconciliation Australia and BHP Billiton.

“BHP Billiton is delighted to partner with Reconciliation Australia on this important program to help schools and early learning services to engage further with reconciliation,” said Ian Wood, BHP Billiton Vice President Community Relations and Sustainability.

“Narragunnawali will provide school and early learning service communities with the tools they need to bring all Australians closer together.”

For more information on Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning, visit

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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