Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership
Supporting achievement and vision for a stronger community
The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership (FIL) 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 16 years we have appointed 4 Fellows, including 1 Senior Fellow, 24 Emerging Leaders and 4 Community Connection/Grassroots Awards.
During 2018 the Alumni organised Elders Gatherings in Craigieburn, Ulupna, Wodonga and the Mornington Peninsula.
In 2019 Community Gatherings included a GMAR (Grandmothers Against Removals) held at Camp Jungai – Rubicon, a National Grassroots Gathering to discuss Sovereignty, Treaty and Constitutional Recognition in Melbourne and an Elders Gathering in Hastings at Willum Warrain where the Elders had an opportunity to tell their stories.
The latest gathering was held on 12 March 2020 where Maree Davidson and Katrina Mohamed celebrated with AJ Williams-Tchen the launch of his project “Mudigang dhulyarra – Elders speaking truthfully” short films at Nairm Marr Djambana in Frankston. They were joined 60+ guests who were inspired by the Elders and AJ’s work.
To view the Mudigang dhulyarr short films:
Temporary Suspension for Calling for Applications for 2020
Due to the impact of COVID-19 across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria, the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership Advisory Committee has temporarily suspended the 2020 opening date for the Call for Applications. This will be reassessed over the next few months and we will keep everyone updated with any news via the website.
Stay Home and Stop the Spread
Avoid travelling between communities to stop sickness spreading. We all need to protect our Elders and Community. Find out more information about coronavirus (COVID-19) by visiting https://www.health.gov.au/
Stay safe everyone!
Australian Communities Foundation Interview
The Australian Communities Foundation interviewed Maree Davidson AM retiring Chair of the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership as well as Alumni members Ngarra Murray, Peter Aldenhoven and Kathryn Coff for an article for their website. To read the article click on the following link:
ABC Radio Interview
Stephanie Armstrong was interviewed on the ABC Radio’s The Conversation Hour on 28 May 2020 by Richelle Hunt and Warwick Long for Reconciliation Week and the theme we are ‘In this Together’.
Paul Briggs OAM
Paul Briggs OAM has a wealth of experience across a vast range of sectors in Aboriginal community development. In addition to being the founding Chairman of the Victorian Aboriginal Community...
AJ Williams-Tchen is a Wiradjuri / Wotjobulak man whose family are from Wellington / Dubboin in New South Wales and Dimboola / Horsham in Victoria. He is a mental health accredited social worker who...
Rueben Berg is the Director of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria and the Managing Director of RJHB Consulting. He is a Gunditjmara man, a founder and director of Indigenous Architecture...
Belinda Duarte was an Emerging Leader under the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership in 2006-2007. As a Wotjobaluk person, Belinda is committed to Indigenous issues and the development of Indigenous...