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 18 years we have appointed 4 Fellows, including 1 Senior Fellow, 28 Emerging Leaders and 4 Community Connection/Grassroots Awards.
During COVID-19 lockdown, FIL was able to provide almost $25,000 in direct support to the Alumni to enable them to provide immediate relief to their communities during COVID lockdown with:
- Cooking and delivering meals, groceries, PPE gear, phone and fuel cards to Elders in the community from Shepparton to the NSW border, providing sign language alternatives to the media and use of Aboriginal sign languages to assist people to know what is going on during the pandemic.
- Delivering food, groceries and masks to Elders on the Mornington Peninsula such as Hastings, Portsea, Rosebud, Rye, Mornington, Mount Martha, McCrae, Baxter, Seaford, Frankston, Karingal, Cranbourne, Chelsea, Beaumaris, Warneet, and Caldermeade areas.
- Providing activities and support for young women in Bendigo, Local Support Network Aboriginal women in health as well as 11 and 12 year old students who are dropping out of school.
- Responding to the needs of the community in Castlemaine through fuel vouchers to their volunteers to deliver extra curricula equipment, and cultural activities to the community such as Bushtucker family packs, an Elder pamper pack and postal deliveries of books for families. They also provided funds to maintain the capacity of families to connect online via internet access.
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.
August 2021 – Calling for Applications Has CLOSED
On behalf of the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership, the independent Selection Panel will be reviewing the applications and conducting interviews over the next few weeks so watch this space for any announcements.
Too all applicants we would like to wish you good luck and look forward to working with the new Emerging Leaders when they are announced.
Stay Home and Stop the Spread
Avoid travelling between communities to stop sickness spreading. We all need to protect our Elders and Community.
Remember always wear a mask when you are out in the community and, more importantly, get vacinnated.
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Stay safe everyone!
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