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 20 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.
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.
Working Together in 2022
The COVID-19 Relief Fund Supporting First Nations Families in Victoria Program was a partnership between Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong, the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership and Australian Communities Foundation, supported by the Paul Ramsay Foundation.
The funding was instrumental in successfully:
- providing 213 micro-grants;
- providing 534+ household members with essential support to lessen the impact of the COVID pandemic (most often required when people lost their jobs and family income was significantly reduced);
- by gender the grants were provided to 147 females and 66 males;
- by age they ranged from people in their 20s to 60s with the age range of 30 to 40 as the highest as the majority in this age bracket had lost their jobs due to COVID and then many were on a single income;
- providing assistance to individuals and families with disabilities ranging in ages from 2 years old to late 40s with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety and Extreme Anxiety, Autism (Verbal and Non-Verbal), Celebral Palsy, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Psychosocial Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD) and Vision Loss.
This program has been finalised and a Acquittal Report has been provided to the Paul Ramsay Foundation.
Our Survival Day Event – 26 January 2023
The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership are pleased to be a co-sponsor of the event Our Survival Day organised by Our Songlines to be held on 26 January 2023. This will be held at The Briars in Mount Martha from 12.00 pm.
Tickets can be obtained through Eventbrite.
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