Reconciliation News April 2011

This edition discusses findings of the second Australian Reconciliation Barometer, which showed relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians were improving. We also announced singer Jimmy Little as the ‘face’ of National Reconciliation Week 2011, themed Let’s Talk Recognition.

In this edition, you’ll read about:

  • 2010 Australian Reconciliation Barometer find relationships are improving but trust between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians remains low
  • Let’s Talk Recognition – Dr Jimmy Little, the of National Reconciliation week 2011
  • Hats of for the hoodies – The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) break down the program ahead of National Hoodie Day this July.
  • NITV to expand its service launching Australia’s first half hour Indigenous News service.
Cover of Reconciliation News magazine April 2011

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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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