Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership
Supporting achievement and vision for a stronger community
The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership fosters leadership, providing exceptional people with the support they need to achieve their vision for their communities.
The Fellowship invests in recognised leaders and provides opportunities to emerging leaders within Victoria’s Indigenous communities. The value of the investment in building Indigenous leadership is to improve the economic as well as the social and emotional wellbeing of communities.
The Fellowship supports past, present and future Indigenous leaders who are committed to achieving positive change for Indigenous Victorians and strengthening links between all Australians.
Over the past 15 years we have appointed 4 Fellows, including 1 Senior Fellow, and 22 Emerging Leaders.
Over the last 12 months the Alumni have been organising Elders Gatherings and to date they have been held in Craigeburn, Ulupna, Wodonga and the Mornington Peninsula. Further Gatherings have been planned for early 2019.
These have ranged from small to large but as one Elder said ‘it is not the amount of people participating it is about the yarning’.
The Fellowship has also been working with the Australian Communities Foundation and Woor-Dungin to assist an organisation to transition to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Led Philanthropic Fund which has now been established. It has been named for country by prominent Wurundjeri Elder, Aunty Diane Kerr, Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong which means “to give jointly, to share together” in Woiwurrung language.
2018 – 2019 Emerging Leader Alister Thorpe’s First Seminar
Tuesday 20 November 2018
Guest Speaker: Karen Diver
Alister Thorpe’s first seminar titled US Indigenous Health Systems: Promises and Pitfalls was held at the University of Melbourne where Aunty Diane Kerr provided the Welcome to Country.
Alister introduced Karen Diver who is currently serving as the Inaugural Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence for Native American Affairs at the College of St Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.
Karen was appointed by President Obama as the Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs. She spoke about the US government treaty obligations for Tribal health and that, in many ways, the system is failing its Indigenous peoples. Tribally led solutions are overcoming some of those systemic barriers.
Further seminars will be organised for 2019.
The Emerging Leaders 2017 – 2018
Check out the experiences and achievements of our 2017 – 2018 Emerging Leaders on film as seen at the 2018 Announcement Event:
Catherine Coysh is a proud Gunditjmara woman who has grown-up within the Albury/Wodonga area. She has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) with La Trobe University and a Post-Graduate...
To date, Melissa Harrison has dedicated her career to working with or for the Aboriginal community in Victoria to build our profile and to advocate the needs of the community. Over time, she has...
In 2006, Trevor Pearce received the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership, Emerging Leader Award (previously the Sir Douglas Nicholls Fellowship) for an outstanding contribution to the Indigenous...
Jody Barney is a Murri woman from Urangan (near Hervey Bay) with kinship to Fraser Island Birri-Gubba and the Gurangi people of Barcaldine. For the last 25 years, Jody has been in Victoria where she...