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Reconciliation Australia is calling singers across the country to come together in song to contribute to National Reconciliation Week 2024, from Monday 27 May – Monday 3 June.

Banner that reads 'Join us in song #NRW2024. 27 May - 3 June. Voices for Reconciliation Louder Than Ever'.

The NRW 2024 theme is a reminder to us all that Now More Than Ever we need connection, we need change, and we need reconciliation.

The song we will all be singing is the great reconciliation anthem Blackfella/Whitefella by the Warumpi Band.

Add your voices for reconciliation. Louder than ever.

How to be part of Voices for Reconciliation

  • Register your choir or group to participate using the registration form.
  • When you register your choir, you will be able to access arrangements and backing tracks, as well as filming tips if you wanted to share your performance video with us.
  • Rehearse and work on your approach to the song – sing as much or as little of the song as you want.
  • Choose where you would like to perform your song – e.g., at school lunchtime, at a party or event, in a park, at the local markets, in a hospital or care facility, or even in your own lounge room.
  • You can choose to video your choir or group singing and share via social media during National Reconciliation Week using the tags #NRW2024 #LouderThanEver.
  • Tag Reconciliation Australia: Instagram, Facebook, X/Twitter, LinkedIn
  • Download & share the Voices for Reconciliation poster!

Want to send us your performance video?

You don’t need to share your performance video with us for your choir or singing group to take part.

If you choose to submit your video, it will help us share the impact of Voices for Reconciliation and we would love to include your performance video on our channels throughout National Reconciliation Week.

Please note: The deadline for video submissions is 8pm (AEST) Wednesday 15 May 2024.

We also encourage you to share the file on your social channels on at any time during National Reconciliation Week using the tags #NRW2024 #LouderThanEver

Register now for filming tips and more info on submitting your group’s performance video.

Check out some of the choirs from 2023.

About: Blackfella/Whitefella

In 1985, the Warumpi Band fired up reconciliation with their single ‘Blackfella/Whitefella’.

Written by band members George Rrurrambu and Neil Murray, the song is a call for all people of all backgrounds and races to come together and stand up for change.

The song cut through with its simple but powerful message and catchy melody, becoming an anthem for the reconciliation movement in Australia.

The National Reconciliation Week theme for 2024, Now More Than Ever, is a reminder to all of us that no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must – and will – continue.

There have been many moments in Australia’s reconciliation journey that make us want to turn away but when things are divisive, the worst thing we can do is disengage or disconnect.

Reconciliation supporters must stand up to defend and uphold the rights of First Nations peoples.

Stand up and be counted this National Reconciliation Week. Join us in song and help contribute to a more reconciled Australia.

Check out the music video for Blackfella/Whitefella below:

Thank you!

Reconciliation Australia thanks the family of the late George Rrurrambu, Neil James Murray, the Butcher families, and Universal Music Publishing Group for their support of Voices for Reconciliation: Louder than Ever.

Choir arrangements by William Brown and backing tracks from Tim Blunt and Jake Sheath.

We thank YOU in advance for being part of this project.

If you have any questions about Voices for Reconciliation, please Contact Us.

For more information about National Reconciliation Week go to our National Reconciliation Week page.

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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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