Reconciliation News May 2019

Reconciliation News explores the growing calls for a process of truth telling in Australia; a process where, for the first time, all Australians might collectively face and acknowledge the horrifying brutality of modern Australia’s history.

In this edition, you’ll read about:

  • The extraordinary work of one of the 2018 Indigenous Governance Awards winners, south-east Queensland’s Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) 
  • Reconciliation Australia’s Co-Chair, Dr Tom Calma AO, who shares his thoughts about how individual universities are now opening up to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars
  • RAP Partner, Dreamworld Corroboree, which recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through reconciliation and inclusion in its mainstream business and employment protocols and practices
  • Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali program and the great success of Middle Park Primary school through its strong connections with its local Boonwurrung community
  • 2019 Young Australian of the Year, Yolngu man and rapper, Danzal Baker, better known as Baker Boy, about his life, his music, and his desire for all Australians to better understand our history.


Cover of Reconciliation News Magazine May 2019.

May 2019 Reconciliation News File size: 8 MB

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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