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 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians and strengthening links between all Australians.
Over the past 19 years we have appointed 4 Fellows, including 1 Senior Fellow, 28 Emerging Leaders, 4 Community Connection/Grassroots and 1 Leadership Bursary Award.
Everyone can play their part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask when out in the community, avoid unnecessary community travel to stop sickness spreading, using good personal hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, and using alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
More importantly, get vaccinated as well as get your booster shot.
We also encourage everyone to regularly check the Coronavirus website as well as their COVID-19 information page for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
We all need to protect our families, our Elders and our Communities so stay safe everyone!
Acknowledgement of Country
The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership respectfully acknowledges all Traditional Custodians of the land and waterways in Victoria. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past, present and emerging.
The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership gathered at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Melbourne on 6 June 2022 to celebrate the 2020 – 2021 and 2021 – 2022 Awards. They were as follows:
Candace Williams – Emerging Leader 2020 – 2021 – presented by Anita Hopkins, Philanthropy Manager Portland House Foundation.
Shantelle Thompson – Emerging Leader 2020 – 2021 – presented by Janine Coombs, member of the Alumni and Advisory Committee.
Alice Pepper – Leadership Bursary 2020 – 2021 – presented by Jenny Trethewey, member of the Selection Panel.
Rose Johnson-Briggs – Emerging Leader 2021 – 2022 – presented by Terori Hareko-Avaivilla, member of the Alumni and Board Member of Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong.
Daen Sansbury-Smith – Emerging Leader 2021 – 2022 – presented by Genevieve Timmons, Senior Associate and Partnerships Manager, Alliances Paul Ramsay Foundation.
The Fellowship also announced that the First Nations Health and Healing App IMIGO created and developed by Mishel McMahon, (Emerging Leader 2019 – 2020) has now been officially launched on Android mobiles and will soon be launched on Apple. Click on the following to see the IMIGO App:
Congratulations to all the Awardees, Candace, Shantelle, Alice, Rose and Daen and also Mishel on the launch of IMIGO!
Peter Aldenhoven is a proud descendant of the peoples of Quandamooka – more particularly, the Nughi clan from Moorgumpin (Moreton Island, Queensland) and has lived in Victoria for all his life....
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...
Roland Atkinson is an eclectic person. An Emerging Leader 2008-2009, he uses his considerable talents in music, art, dance, management, sport, education and story-telling to bring traditional stories...
Jody Barney is a proud Deaf Aboriginal/South Sea Islander woman who has lived in Victoria for 30+ years and has developed strong connections with mob in Wodonga to Mildura, Bairnsdale to Eden,...