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Cover of Reconciliation News Magazine August 2013.

Reconciliation News August 2013

In this edition, we reflect on Australia’s journey to Recognition, towards the day when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are recognised in the Constitution.
Cover of Reconciliation News December 2012.

Reconciliation News December 2012

In this issue, we discuss the benefits of building relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, and the success of the Indigenous Governance Awards
Cover of 2012 Australian Reconciliation barometer.

2012 Australian Reconciliation Barometer

This 2012 edition is the third Barometer, following the initial two studies in 2008 and 2010. The Barometer provides a unique insight into the characteristics that make up our national self-image and goes further to examine how the overall national image compares with the image of Indigenous Australia.
Cover of Reconciliation News magazine August 2012

Reconciliation News August 2012

In this edition we look back on what was arguably our largest National Reconciliation Week ever with more than 600 registered events and hundreds of thousands of people taking part across the nation.
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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