Narragunnawali Awards 2019

Reconciliation Australia is proud to launch the Narragunnawali Awards 2019 to recognise exceptional commitment to reconciliation in education across the country. Held biennially, the Narragunnawali Awards represent Australia’s first national awards program for reconciliation in schools and early learning services. The Awards have been designed to recognise and celebrate educational environments – across the Government, Catholic and Independent sectors – that have implemented outstanding and genuine reconciliation initiatives. These schools and early learning services will be acknowledged for the ways in which they are strengthening and building relationships, respect, and providing meaningful opportunities in the classrooms, around the school or early learning service, and with local communities.

Award Categories

Schools: this category incorporates primary, secondary, senior secondary and combined schools within the Government, Independent or Catholic sectors.

Early Learning: this category incorporates early childhood education and care, preschool, family day care and out of school hours care services.


All final nominations for the Narragunnawali Awards 2019 will need to be submitted via this online portal by 23:59 AWST on Friday 10 May, 2019.

Further information at Narragunnawali Awards 2019 website.

Reconciliation SA announces new Executive Director

Reconciliation South Australia today announced the appointment of Ms Shona Reid as its new Executive Director following an extensive recruitment process.

Ms Reid is a proud Eastern Arrernte Woman, with family legacy that extends into the Hart Ranges in the Northern Territory. With the separation of her family from their country many years ago, Shona has lived and worked across South Australia for most of her life and regards South Australia as home. Shone is married to Lyndon Reid, a Wangkangurru man has four children and is blessed to share in the life of Lyndon’s three other children.

As a mother, Shona says that ‘such a large family with lots of children is a constant reminder of the importance of culture in creating a healthy and strong family, a family where my children can be proud of where they are from, where they are going and how they will get there’.

With a Bachelor of Behavioural Science Degree from Flinders University, Shona has devoted her knowledge, experience, professional and personal life to the advancement and rights of Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities for over two decades.

For 15 years, Shona has worked across the child protection, young offending and the out-of-home care sector in predominately regional and remote areas,including the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. In recent years, Shona has focused her expertise on governance and accountability across the APY and Far West Coast regions of South Australia.

Shona has come to Reconciliation SA from the Legislative Council within the Parliament of South Australia as the Executive and Research Officer for the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee. In this role, she has worked closely with Parliamentary Members from many different political parties and persuasions in assisting with their connection to and understanding of matters that are important for Aboriginal South Australians.

In addition, Shona currently holds positions on the SA Youth Centre Review Board(Youth Parole Board) and the South Australian Housing Trust Board of Management.

Highlighting her passion for reconciliation, Shona has worked closely with the Lutheran Church of Australia over the last two years, in their journey towards developing and implementing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Shona has been successful in gaining overwhelming support from the National Lutheran Church Synod to forge ahead with this work and lead the way for a national approach to reconciliation across the Lutheran Church of Australia.

“I believe this is an exciting time to be involved in reconciliation movement, both on the local and national stage. There is a genuine desire and eagerness for tangible progress in the area of reconciliation and I look forward to honouring the legacy that Reconciliation SA has laid before me, building on this and inspiring others to join with me on this journey together” Shona said.

Ms Reid will commence with Reconciliation South Australia in January 2019.

Walking Together - NRW Breakfast

Below are some of the highlights from the 2018 NRW Launch Breakfast, “Walking Together on the Kokoda Track.”

Dr Fiona Partridge – Torrens Valley Christian College

Harrison McLeod – Brighton Secondary School

Courtney Kluge – Immanuel College

Samara Fernandez – Young Mentor

“Different Way” – Written and performed by Caitlyn Davies and Alex Witty

"Different Way" - NRW Breakfast

A very special moment from our National Reconciliation Week Breakfast last week – an original song written and performed by Barkindji woman, Caitlyn Davies-Plummer and Brighton Secondary School Student, Alex Witty.

Entitled “Different Way”, it tells the story of Aboriginal brothers and servicemen, Harold West and George Leonard, who served on the Kokoda Track during World War 2. Caitlyn researched their stories during our 2017 Kokoda Track Reconciliation Trek.

Waiting List - NRW Breakfast

Tickets for Reconciliation SA’s NRW Launch Breakfast, “Walking Together – Learning, Sharing and Growing on Kokoda”have almost sold out! We understand that there are many individuals and organisations who are wanting to attend the breakfast but were unable to book tickets, and as such have created a waiting list.

To put your name on the waiting list, please get in touch with Stephen on 8124 4196.

June Oscar AO - 10th Anniversary of the Apology

On Monday 12th February, the eve of the 10th Anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations, June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner delivered a keynote address to 1200 people. You can read to full speech at the Australian Human Rights Commission website. 

SOLD OUT! Apology Breakfast

Apology Breakfast –SOLD OUT!

Tickets for Reconciliation SA’s Apology Breakfast, “The Apology, Truth-Telling and Human Rights”,have sold out! The interest and enthusiasm for the breakfast is always high, and the 10th Anniversary is no exception. We understand that there are many individuals and organisations who are wanting to attend the breakfast but were unable to book tickets, and as such have created a waiting list.

To put your name on the waiting list, please get in touch with Linikka on 8226 2614.

Generation of Change - Community Deliveries

Once again, Reconciliation SA is taking aim at racism within the community with its interactive ‘Generation of Change’ program. In 2017, the 'Generation of Change' program was nominated for the Australian Human Rights Commission's "Racism. It Stops with me" Award.

A joint initiative between Reconciliation SA and ActNow Theatre, ‘Generation of Change’ incorporates the award-winning interactive Forum Theatre performance “Responding to Racism”, a personal reflection on racism and a strategic planning session to encourage community members to consider and improve the cultural safety of their working places and communities.

The dates for the 2018 Generations of Change community program are listed below:

  • Thursday 10th May 2018.
  • Thursday 25th October 2018.

Locations to be confirmed closer to the dates.

Aboriginal Leadership Group - Nominations Open!

Are you interested in working closely to improving the lives of Aboriginal families and reducing the number of people entering the justice system?

Justice Reinvestment of South Australia (JRSA) and Australian Red Cross are working in partnership with the Port Adelaide Aboriginal Community to develop smarter ways of doing justice. Aboriginal members of the community are invited to nominate for the inaugural Aboriginal Leadership Group.

Positions available include:

  • 2 Elders
  • 2 young people (up to age 23)
  • 5 general members

Please complete the nomination form and send to Debra Moyle at

Nominations close at 5PM, 16th February 2018.


How an Apology Begins a Journey of Truth-Telling and the Securing of Our Human Rights

On Monday 12th February 2018, Reconciliation SA is holding its 2018 Apology Breakfast in the new building of the Adelaide Convention Centre. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO will join us as the keynote speaker.

Her speech on “How an Apology Begins a Journey of Truth-Telling and the Securing of Our Human Rights” will address the extraordinary resilience of the Stolen Generations. June will explain the love, care and nurture that women have shown toward one another and to their children in surviving and confronting appalling abuses that have scarred generations. It is their stories that teach us that the lives of all community members are remarkable, and that when confronted with great adversity mothers, sisters, grandparents and fathers resist, survive and in so many instances thrive.

As a nation the truth of the Stolen Generations ensures that recognition and respect is given to a complex layered living history of brutality, compassion and triumph. This address sensitively peels away those layers to reveal the real lives of the Stolen Generations, lives which are as devastating as they are celebratory of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. In this address, June will emphasise the importance of telling the truth of this nation’s past to heal traumas, and recognise the strengths of women and families to nurture healthy future generations who can fully realise and exercise their human rights.

Ten years on from this nation’s apology to the Stolen Generations, Commissioner Oscar challenges us to consider our responsibility in upholding a legacy of truth-telling which has the potential to bring justice to all.

During her time as Commissioner, June Oscar AO has called for a national reparations scheme for Survivors of the Stolen Generations. The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched a new interactive website with educational resources to help teachers and students around the country learn about the Stolen Generations.

The room will hold a maximum of 1200 people. Tickets are selling fast, so secure yours today by clicking here.

Bookings close 5 PM, Tuesday 6th February 2018.