Reconciliation News: October 2022

Edition 48 of Reconciliation News brings you stories of community-driven success, excellence and self-determination; in Indigenous-led organisations, sports, schools and in Government. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-control is the under the spotlight this October edition of Reconciliation News.

With features on the winners and highly-commended organisations of the 2022 Indigenous Governance Awards, we take a look at what can be achieved when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations lead the way for their communities. 

And community control on the national stage: Professor Peter Yu AM explains why a referendum on a Voice to Parliament is opportunity we cannot afford to miss. 

Biripi principal of Briar Road Public School in NSW, Tammy Anderson, exemplifies what can be achieved when community members take the lead in educational settings.

This edition’s cover features the late Uncle Archie Roach – who’s indedible legacy is explored by the Murrawarri and Filipino hip hop artist and composer Rhyan Clampham, AKA DOBBY.

Speaking of a legacy, this edition features a story from Nakari Thorpe  on the long journey of the Koori Knockout and its enduring role bringing community together as a new exhibition looks at the history of the ‘modern day corroboree’.

Plus all the regular features – enjoy!

Reconciliation News magazine is published twice a year, in print and online. 

To read past editions or to sign-up to receive future hard copy issues of the magazine, go to the Reconciliation News page. 

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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