Northern Territory Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ken Vowles
Supporting Emerging Leaders From Remote Communities
Victor P Taffa
First meeting of the Northern Territory Government’s 2018 First Circles Leadership Program will take place today.
16 aspiring Aboriginal leaders from remote communities across the Territory will gather in Darwin for a 2-day workshop.
“Territory Government is restoring local decision making to remote communities to empower residents and let the people in those communities decide what is best for them when it comes to issues such as health, housing and education.” Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ken Vowles said.
First Circles Leadership Program helps members expand their leadership skills, develop their professional profiles and both better contribute to and understand the impact of public policies and programs on their communities.
First Circles Leadership Program includes 8 Aboriginal Territorians from the south of the Northern Territory, and 8 from the north. Members meet with Cabinet and many go on to represent their community on a national platform.
Minister for Education and Member for Arnhem, Selena Uibo, is a First Circles graduate.
“As a former First Circles member, I valued the opportunity the program presented in focusing on solutions in our remote community.” Minister for Education Selena Uibo said.
“I would encourage those interested in the program to apply in the next intake as the skills, support and encouragement will be an exciting experience for an individual who wants to positively impact change in their community.”