The group of inspiring young people came together from the 19th – 21st of June in Narrm (Melbourne) for three days of formal and informal workshops and experiences.

Uncle Bill Nicholson welcomed the group to Wurundjeri Country and Wurundjeri woman Chaniele Chandler performed a song and shared a story. The Koorie Heritage Trust hosted the group for Day 1, which saw a major focus on advocacy but also included a deadly lunch at Mabu Mabu in Fed Square.

Clinical Phsycologist and proud Jaru and Bunuba woman, Tanja Hirovnen kicked off day 2. Tanja has been heavily involved in the program to date but the Fellows were very appreciative of being able to spend time with Tanja face-to-face. The middle session saw Marcus Stewart from The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria provided some insights into Victoria’s process/journey to Treaty.

It’s undeniable that a crowd favourite of the three days was a trip to Clothing the Gaps! Laura Thompson and the team at Clothing the Gaps generously gave their time and sat down with the Fellows to yarn about the organisation, advocating and changing systems. The day ended with the Fellows turning into super models with a photoshoot (and of course grabbed a hoodie)!

The final day coincided with a Culture is Life Board Meeting and the group were able to meet with some of our board members. The team at Korin Gamadji Institute popped in for a cuppa and our Co-Chair, Justin Mohammed, sat with the group to share some of his personal and professional journey and experiences. At lunch, The Fellows were joined by Julie Kantor of the Annamila Foundation – the foundational funders of The Fullaship.

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