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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The value of the investment in building First Nations leadership is to improve the economic as well as the social and emotional wellbeing of communities.
The Fellowship supports past, present and future First Nations leaders who are committed to achieving positive change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians and strengthening links between all Australians.
Over the past 16 years we have appointed 4 Fellows, including 1 Senior Fellow, 26 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 Aboriginal Association where the Elders had an opportunity to tell their stories.
AJ Williams-Tchen, Emerging Leader 2015- 2016, launched his project “Mudigang dhulyarra – Elders speaking truthfully” short films at Nairm Marr Djambana in Frankston in March 2020. There were 60+ guests attending who were inspired by the Elders and AJ’s work.
To view the Mudigang dhulyarr short films:
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!
Acknowledgement of Country
The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership respectfully acknowledges all traditional custodians of the land and waterways in Victoria and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
Shantelle Thompson, one of our current Emerging Leaders, was recognised for her work in the Victorian community with a Medal in the Order of Australia.
Click on the following for Shantelle’s profile on the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia website:
AJ Williams-Tchen, Girraway Ganyi Consultancy, received a 2021 Hart Award in the Community Category and were Highly Commended for their YouTube Channel.
Article in the ABC News
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