Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership
Supporting achievement and vision for a stronger community
The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership 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 held in Craigieburn, Ulupna, Wodonga and the Mornington Peninsula. In 2019 Community Gatherings have included a GMAR (Grandmothers Against Removals) held at Camp Jungai – Rubicon and a National Grassroots Gathering to discuss Sovereignty, Treaty and Constitutional Recognition in Melbourne with further Community Gatherings taking place before the end of the year.
The Fellowship has also been working with the Australian Communities Foundation and Woor-Dungin to assist an organisation to transition to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Led Philanthropic Fund that exclusively focuses on Victoria. This was launched in March 2019 and named for country by prominent Wurundjeri Elder, Aunty Diane Kerr, Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong which means “to give jointly, to share together” in Woiwurrung language. Members of the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership Alumni are part of the Board.
Changes at the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership
After 18 years Maree Davidson AM is stepping down as Chair of the Advisory Committee and handing over the day-to-day running of the Fellowship. Her involvement with FIL has been one of immense pleasure and personal reward – from co-founding it with Peter Maher, Rob Moodie and Tony Cutcliffe back in 2002 to support the vision of Yorta Yorta man Paul Briggs OAM right through to FIL now having supported 1 Senior Fellow, 4 Fellows, 24 Emerging Leaders and 4 Community Connectors. Additionally FIL has been able to provide professional and personal development opportunities for Alumni, support numerous gatherings across the state to give voice to Elders and community issues as well as working with others to influence the philanthropic sector in its relationships with First Nations communities and organisations.
The second and really exciting change at the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership is that we have appointed our first Executive Director to lead and support the organisation through a period of review, planning and transition while taking on day to day management tasks working with the Advisory Committee, Alumni and Supporters.
We are thrilled that Katrina Mohamed has accepted the invitation to work with FIL for an initial period of six months beginning in February. Katrina is a Gooreng Gooreng woman from South Eastern Queensland who has lived and worked in Shepparton for the past 30 years. Her extensive and eclectic experience includes journalism, media management, organisational development, community engagement and development and executive leadership in the community led and not for profit sector.
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:
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...
Alister Thorpe is an Aboriginal man from the Gunai (East Gippsland) Yorta Yorta (Goulburn Valley), and Gunditjmara (Western Districts) clans in south-eastern Australia with many family and...
Karen Milward is a Yorta Yorta woman who was born and raised in Melbourne. She has developed extensive networks within the Victorian Indigenous community and Indigenous communities nationally as well...
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...