Northern Territory Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Selena Uibo
Seeking The Next Generation Of Aboriginal Leaders
Victor P Taffa
Northern Territory Government is seeking 16 emerging Aboriginal leaders to join the First Circles Leadership Program, to equip them with skills to influence change in their communities.
Each year, the First Circles program selects 8 Aboriginal Territorians from remote communities in the south and 8 from the north of the Northern Territory to develop and expand their leadership skills, with the aim of participants returning to communities as strong community leaders.
“First Circles is a program for emerging community leaders to share their stories and ideas, and to work directly with the government to create change at a local level.” Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Selena Uibo said.
“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.”
Throughout the course of the year, participants will attend workshops where their voices will be strengthened, their contributions valued and where they will build the skills to confidently and directly speak to, negotiate and influence government about matters affecting their communities.
As part of the program, successful applicants will also attend the Aboriginal Leadership and Governance Forum held in Alice Springs, and will meet with the Northern Territory Cabinet.
Many past graduates have gone on to represent their communities at the Territory or national level, which has provided opportunities to advocate for change and connect with diverse networks across different regions.
Expressions of interest applications for the First Circles Leadership Program close on 31 May 2019.