Thank you for your support in 2021

2021 was alive with important milestones on Australia’s reconciliation journey.

These included Reconciliation Australia’s 20th anniversary; the 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and the establishment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation; and the release of the 2021 State of Reconciliation in Australia report.

We also hosted the Australian Reconciliation Convention, the first such event in over two decades.

These occasions gave Reconciliation Australia the invaluable opportunity to consider and take the next steps on making Australia a more just, equitable and reconciled nation.

This landmark year would not have been possible without the dedication of people like you: our supporters, partners and community, who truly proved over the past 12 months that reconciliation is more than word – it takes action.

Thank you, and we wish you a happy and safe holiday season and look forward to continuing to work together with you in 2022.

Best wishes,

Karen Mundine | Chief Executive Officer – Reconciliation Australia

Please note, our offices will be closed from 25 December 2021 – 10 January 2022

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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