Thank you for your support in 2020

Thank you for your support in 2020

In 2020 we saw unwavering support for our programs and activities despite the restrictions and upheavals of the year. We saw that even in these difficult times, reconciliation is still a priority for many.

For some this entailed upholding the importance of caring for Country; for others it was unlearning and re-learning what they know about racism; and for others it was about keeping our communities safe.

Regardless, we stayed in this together and this gives me great hope and optimism as we gear up to celebrate Reconciliation Australia’s 20th anniversary in 2021.

While I will remember this year by its challenges, so too will I never forget the enduring innovation, resilience, and dedication of our staff and supporters during this time. Thank you, and we wish you a safe and happy summer and look forward to continuing our work with you in 2021.

Best wishes,

Karen Mundine | Chief Executive Officer

Please note, our offices will be closed from 25 December 2020 – 3 January 2021

Artwork: Nikita Ridgeway |

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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