Reflecting on 2020 – what a year it has been!

Cath Brokenborough, AILC Board Chair

Some would argue that 2020 is a year to forget! The global COVID-19 crisis has threatened the loss of our Elders, along with the cultural knowledge and practices they hold, because the virus is particularly harmful to older people. But we have worked together to keep our communities and Elders safe.

We also saw increased attention on the rights of First Nations and minority peoples. A spotlight has once again been cast on systemic injustice through the recent ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Black Deaths in Custody’ rallies.

The COVID virus also impacted the AILC’s ability to deliver face to face learning.  In response, we developed a new range of learning and assessment materials and more flexible delivery methods.  These adaptations have allowed us to continue to serve our students and communities, helping them to learn and interact in a virtual environment.

Despite all of these challenges, our people continue to thrive and have demonstrated our collective resilience and strength throughout this pandemic crisis.

The AILC believes that the preservation and promotion of our people’s traditional knowledge, cultures, languages and practices should be prioritised in the nation’s post-COVID recovery.  We believe that there are many talented and well governed First Nations owned and managed enterprises that are well-placed to deliver services and solutions so that we can rebuild a stronger, smarter and more equal Australia.

The AILC is one of these organisations. We are working to ensure that no one is left behind on the road to recovery; that our communities and leaders, young and old, whether living in urban, regional or remote areas, are well supported and have the relevant competencies and skills to lead this national recovery process.

So here’s looking forward to a better and brighter 2021 where we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the AILC and the successes of more than 3,000 AILC course graduates.  

Please stay tuned for more news on our anniversary celebrations in the New Year. In the meantime, best wishes from the Board and staff at the AILC – please get some well-earned rest and enjoy some time connecting safely with your family and friends.