Dr Tom Calma AO has launched the new look Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) – a milestone for the organisation that has trained more than 1,000 Indigenous leaders throughout Australia. A new DVD, celebrating the work of the AILC, has also been released.
Dr Calma, Australian of the Year Finalist and AILC Chairman commented, “We’re working to grow a critical mass of Indigenous leaders who will drive sustained change in Indigenous communities across the nation.”
He continued, “The launch marks a celebration of all the leaders who have come through our doors and all who will walk with us as we move forward.”
The AILC is a Not-For-Profit company owned and controlled by Indigenous Australians. A Registered Training Organisation (RTO), it offers the only accredited courses in Indigenous leadership in Australia.
AILC courses draw upon both western and Indigenous traditions to build participant’s skills in areas such as governance, planning, consultation, negotiation and conflict resolution.
Participants are also encouraged to explore what leadership means in an Indigenous context that incorporates Indigenous cultural understandings of how to bring about change.
AILC CEO Rachelle Towart said, “Each and every Indigenous person who challenges themselves with the task of becoming a leader brings us one step, and one person closer to Closing the Gap in Indigenous disadvantage.”
Alongside course offerings Leadership Plus, an alumni group of AILC graduates, creates a means through which networks built through participation in AILC programs can continue to grow and prosper through ongoing collaboration.
The AILC is inviting potential partners to get in touch to discuss how they can work with the AILC to foster a new generation of leaders.