Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education

Narragunnawali supports schools and early learning services to foster knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.

Create a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for a school or early learning service

Strengthen staff understanding of reconciliation with teacher-led professional learning

Bring reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions into the classroom.

The Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education platform has the resources and tools for your school or early learning service to contribute to the reconciliation movement.

Start a Narragunnawali Reconciliation Action Plan to build relationships, respect and opportunities in the classroom, around the school or early learning service and with the community.

From professional learning and curriculum resources, to a national awards program, the Narragunnawali platform is free and available for everyone to advance reconciliation in education.

Awards

There are many schools and early learning services that show exceptional dedication to reconciliation. The Narragunnawali Awards are Australia’s first national awards program to recognise and celebrate this excellence.

Webinars & Workshops

Join a webinar or workshop to learn about how Narragunnawali can support your school or early learning service to take the next steps towards driving reconciliation in the classroom, around the school and with the community.

Narragunnawali News

Narragunnawali News captures the latest in reconciliation in education – with features on schools, teachers and current events.

Our Impact

Read this summary of our impact so far and our goals for the future. 

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

The word means  alive, wellbeing, coming together and peace.

We pay our respects and thank the United Ngunnawal Elders Council for giving us permission to use the word narragunnawali

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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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