Reconciliation News May 2020

This edition shows several articles about the remarkable events of 2000 and the work of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation that made it all happen.

In this edition, you’ll read about:

  • The Hon Linda Burney’s memories of the Sydney Bridge Walk
  • A reproduced article by the Chair of the Council, Dr Evelyn Scott, along with a selection of images depicting the walks in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart.
  • A very different National Reconciliation Week 2020, In This Together
  • The partnership between Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali Team and the makers of In my blood it runs, a revealing documentary about an Aboriginal boy coping with school and the complexity of his life
  • RAPs – bringing nurture and love. Fred Chaney reflects on the continued positive influence Reconciliation Action Plans have had on Indigenous aspirations, employment and opportunities.


Cover of Reconciliation News Magazine May 2020.

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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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