Learn about leadership from the Elders

All Flinders staff and students are invited to attend the second Padninthiyangga Ngadluku Purkgku – Walking with our Elders Forum for 2021, titled Leadership – From the Elders’ Perspective.

The event at the Alere Function Centre from 9.30am on Tuesday 12 October, will feature Flinders’ trio of respected Senior Elders On Campus – Uncle Lewis Yerloburka O’Brien, Kaurna Elder; Aunty Pat Miller, Arrernte Elder based at Alice Springs and Uncle Richard ‘Balang/Japaljarri’ Fejo, a Larrakia Elder based in Darwin. They will be sharing their insight and wisdom about leadership in this empowering conversation.

“Leaders need to learn as much as they can about as many subjects as possible but don’t have to be the expert in every area. A leader is one who can defer to the knowledge of others. Leaders don’t lead with ego, they lead with humility,” says Uncle Lewis.

This event is hosted by Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement and Poche SA +NT and will be facilitated by Associate Professor Simone Tur, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) and Dr Maree Meredith, Deputy Director Poche SA + NT.

“Indigenous Elders have a deep responsibility for Country and community,” says Associate Professor Tur. “Leadership by Elders is grounded in cultural authority and responsibility for inter-generational transmission of Aboriginal ways of knowing, being and doing. Elders teach us how to navigate two systems of knowing.”

Numbers for this event are limited, so please register via the Eventbrite link to either attend in person at the Alere Function Centre or to view it online.

Those attending in person should note that light refreshments will be provided from 9.30am at the Alere Function Centre. Online participants should note that formal proceedings will begin at 10am and conclude at 11.30am. A link will be sent before the event to those who register for online access.

The event will also be live-streamed to Student Hub Plaza screen.

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