Reconciliation News December 2011

Edition 22 celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander success with the 2011 Deadly Awards, an event proudly sponsored by Reconciliation Australia. South Australian students eagerly discuss recognition at the Schools Congress, coordinated by Reconciliation South Australia.

In this edition, you’ll read about:

  • Recognition drives reconciliation: continuing from our National Reconciliation Week theme we discuss why official recognition has the potential to drive positive change.
  • Deadly award winners at this year’s Deadly Awards; showcasing the outstanding achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in sport, music, arts, and the community
  • Students talk recognition; 185 participants from 21 different schools in South Australia were involved in a lively program focussed on kinship, discussing colonisation and recognition.
  • Garma 2011 a huge success; our co-chair Melinda Cilento writes about the power of dance.
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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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