Thank you for your support in 2023

Reconciliation Australia thank you for your support message

2023 marked a crucial fork in the road on our nation’s reconciliation journey

Despite the ‘No’ vote on the referendum to constitutionally enshrine a Voice to Parliament, we are profoundly proud of how you – our supporters, partners, staff and allies – rallied in response to this moment.

Count yourself among the 6.2 million Australians who committed to a better, more just and equitable Australia. Our collective strength and connections will continue to drive us forward.

Thank you to everyone who supported our work this year. As we have always said, reconciliation is hard work – it’s a long winding and corrugated road, not a broad, paved highway.

Now more than ever, we appreciate you walking alongside us.

We wish you a safe summer break and urge you all to continue being a voice and to listen to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into 2024 and beyond.

Karen Mundine – Chief Executive Officer

Please note our offices will be closed from Monday 25 December to Tuesday 2 January.

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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