is run by the ARLF and
is a cross industry leadership program with a focus on regional and remote
Australia. The Australia Council is supporting First Nations artists and arts
practitioners to participate in the program. Milparanga, meaning ‘watching over
country and its people’ (in Mithaka language), honours Indigenous knowledge,
philosophies and reclaiming of language. Milparanga is designed to develop
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership. Sinsa Mansell is part of that
program and shared her insights in this conversation with the Australia
you to apply to the Milparanga Leadership program?
drawn to the Milparanga Leadership program through the Australia Council of the
Arts partnership with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.
rural leadership an important part of your cultural and professional pursuits?
participate and make connections from across the nation is hugely beneficial,
not only for my own professional development. [It also benefits] the projects,
organisations and future work we as leaders are
involved in. [Rural leadership] is strengthening communities through learning.
How is First Nations leadership unique?
Nations leaders are unique in their fields. They are high profile role models
for their people, for all communities across the country.
Achieving ways forward for the community while ensuring the cultural lore and knowledge systems are honoured. We know, if people break protocol they get sick, others do not. We know, we are Country and Country is us; others do not. We must continue to protect ourselves, our communities and our Country.
leadership qualities inspired you in the past and how have you incorporated
that into your own leadership journey?
constantly in positions of sharing appropriate knowledge, our
history and holding space. It is important to understand that we do not have to
carry the white guilt of colonisation.
We don't need share
or answer questions or meet a request simply because it has been asked. Our
philosophies are diverse and it's vital to continuously create bridges for the
broader community to gain knowledge… achieving ways forward for the community
while ensuring the cultural lore and knowledge systems are honoured. We know, if people break
protocol they get sick, others do not. We know, we are Country and
Country is us; others do not. We must continue to protect ourselves, our
communities and our Country.
What outcomes are you hoping to achieve through the Milparanga Leadership program?
I hope to
learn new skills and broaden my networks through engagement with other active
leaders to discuss their triumphs and how they/their communities are working to
ensure we are inspiring the next generation of leaders in all industries. I
look forward to making new connections.
What would be your advice to people wanting to apply to the program in the future?
representing Aboriginal communities across the country not just our own.
Together we grow stronger, tougher and smarter. Through working together, we
can together make change. We can be the change!
would be your advice to people wanting to apply to the program in the future?
Any inspiration and connections can be history making and life changing. The Milparanga Leadership program brings community members together from across the country. I feel extremely fortunate to be supported as a successful recipient of the scholarship.
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