This year has been tough in so many ways.  Most challenging for AILC learners and trainers has been our inability to be together, in a shared space, to teach and learn.

Fortunately, as the year has progressed, we have been gradually moving back into delivering face-to-face leadership workshops. This has allowed a return to tailored group leadership training for our organisational clients.

During October and November AILC trainers delivered leadership workshops in Wadeye, Cairns, Darwin and Thursday Island.

Wadeye, Introduction to Indigenous Leadership

AILC partnered with the Thamarrur Development Corporation which represents the 20 clan groups of the Thamarrur region. AILC trainer Nathan Agius and Darwin Program Leader Melissa Varfis travelled  to Wadeye from the AILC office in Darwin and delivered an Introduction to Indigenous Leadership workshop to more than 15 participants. The AILC staff also got the opportunity to learn more about the region when the course participants took them out on country in a reciprocal learning partnership.

 IMAGE: AILC trainer Nathan Agius leading the Wadeye group through an exercise.

Cairns and Thursday Island, Introduction to Indigenous Leadership

The AILC and Queensland Health also partnered to deliver Introduction to Leadership workshops in Cairns and Thursday Island.

Over forty participants attended the workshops and enjoyed the opportunity discuss leadership styles, cultural and organisational obligations and the concept of “working in two worlds”. 

AILC facilitators Sandra Levers and Charlie Jia provided a culturally safe space for participants to engage in open conversation about leadership in their community and in the workplace. 

The leadership styles of prominent Indigenous leaders were also put under the microscope, helping participants to identify the following leadership traits:

  • Courage
  • Accountability
  • Respect; and
  • Engagement

 “Charlie and I were very honoured to work with these leaders and inspired by their passion for what they do", said Sandra.

"Over the four days we all walked away appreciating our own leadership potential.  We are adamant that more is needed in this space to continue to grow and foster strong Indigenous leadership in the region" she said.

IMAGE: Diversity Mentoring workshop at Flinders University, NT

Darwin, Diversity Mentoring

In October, the AILC team  conducted a two-day Introduction to Diversity Mentoring workshop with 16 staff of the Flinders NT Medical Program and Menzies School of Health Research.
“... thank you for a wonderful two days of training. I have learned something new. Great to see friends and meet some new people along the way," said Richard Fejo, Senior Elder on Campus, Flinders University -NT.
Through a mix of presentations, conversations and activities the group explored effective mentoring practices.
If you would like to talk about a custom leadership or mentoring workshop for your organisation or team, get in touch with the AILC at [email protected]