Reconciliation News May 2024

The May issue of Reconciliation News is all about the National Reconciliation Week 2024 theme: Now More Than Ever. 

This edition of Reconciliation News is all about overcoming hesitancy, unknowns or fears to commit to your place in the reconciliation movement, now more than ever.

Stories include:

  • Jacara Egan was once the only young Aboriginal woman on her sports team – now she’s hitting it out of the park as a role model for others.
  • Hooked on reconciliation reveals how one man’s passion is building bridges for reconciliation and conservation.
  • A school in Western Australia has been celebrated for integrating Noongar language into the classroom, creating unforeseen connections with its Italian community.
  • Dr Hannah McGlade tells us what needs to be reformed to tackle systemic racism in Australia’s police forces.
  • Researchers Professor Heidi Norman and Dr Anne Maree Payne reveal more about the findings of the UNSW truth-telling report.
  • And all about the principles and motivation behind the National Reconciliation Week 2024 theme, Now more than ever.

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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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