Narragunnawali (pronounced narra-gunna-wally) is a word from the language of the Ngunnawal people, Traditional Owners of the land on which Reconciliation Australia’s Canberra office is located, meaning alive, wellbeing, coming together and peace.
We pay our respects and thank the United Ngunnawal Elders Council for giving us permission to use the word Narragunnawali. It is an important symbol for us, being a national program, to acknowledge and recognise the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, learn and teach.
Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning aims to create a community of positive and engaged schools and early learning services that are committed to promoting reconciliation between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Narragunnawali is designed to support all schools and early learning services in Australia to develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.
We have worked with education providers and organisations in each State and Territory to develop a program that doesn’t duplicate any of the great work that is being done to build reconciliation across the country. Key stakeholders include Indigenous Education Consultative Bodies, the Government, Catholic and Independent school sectors and of course teachers, parents and students.
Along with the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program for workplaces, the Indigenous Governance Awards and the National Reconciliation Week campaign, Narragunnawali forms the core business of Reconciliation Australia.
Reconciliation Australia is an independent, national not-for-profit organisation promoting reconciliation by building stronger relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Click here to find out more about Reconciliation Australia.
Narragunnawali's online platform (version 2.0) is maintained by Gilimbaa Indigenous Creative Agency.
In the language of the Wakka Wakka people of Central Queensland, Gilimbaa means 'today'.
'Today' represents the ambition of the Gilimbaa team to keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and community at the forefront in current creative innovation and design.