Reconciliation News October 2019

In this edition,  you’ll read about:

  • Rachel Perkins’ moving essay, Songs to Live By, about the preservation of Arrernte women’s songs
  • Our Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education team who have come up with some great tips and questions to ask yourself before you engage with a reconciliation activity
  • Dr Harry Hobbs from the University of Technology Sydney, who provides a timely update on the various treaties being negotiated between state governments and local Aboriginal communities 
  • Gamilaroi man and founder of IndigenousX, Luke Pearson about truth telling, reconciliation and sovereignty
  • NRMA Insurance and how they’ve used their RAP to create a project that aligns with their core business, promotes reconciliation and allows them to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Cover of Reconciliation News, October 2019

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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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