The Australian Indigenous Governance Institute will be holding additional Masterclasses later in the year. To register your interest please send an email to including your name, role, organisation and preferred contact details, and we will keep you up to date via our mailing list.


In October 2019 join us for an Indigenous Governance Excellence Masterclass in Brisbane. the Masterclass will combine guest speakers, presentations and interactive workshops on areas of Indigenous Governance. Below is an overview of speakers and topics for the day.

to register click HERE


AIGI had the pleasure of having Devon from Digital Storytellers illustrate some major takeaways from the day. find them below.

Illustrations from Digital storytellers


AIGI are happy to share our first promotional video for our Youth masterclasses. This video is showing some feedback from participants about the day

Video Here 



In June 2019, the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI) in partnership with the Lowitja Institute, the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and Aboriginal Governance and Management Program (AGMP) will convene an ‘Indigenous Youth in Governance Masterclass’. This Masterclass will connect, educate and promote Indigenous people aged 18 to 35 years who are or hope to be active in the business of governance locally, regionally and nationally.

This Masterclass will combine guest speakers, presentations and small group activities to form an interactive workshop. It will cover critical areas in Indigenous Governance, providing a learning platform to build the confidence of young Indigenous people to engage in the governance of their communities and organisations.

To register please click on the below link


Featuring Indigenous women experienced in governance and leadership, this one day Masterclass focuses on effective strategies for promoting gender equality and cultural diversity.

Masterclass schedule

  1. Presentations from keynote speakers
  2. Panel discussions with a range of Indigenous female CEO’s of community organisations
  3. Practical workshop on gender strategies in governance

Keynote speakers

June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberly region. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues, and has worked tirelessly to reduce Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Dr Jackie Huggins AM, Co-Chair of National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples is a Bidjara (central Queensland) and Birri-Gubba Juru (North Queensland) woman from Queensland. Throughout her career spanning over four decades, Jackie has played a leading role in reconciliation, literacy, women’s issues and social justice.

Michelle Deshong, CEO of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute is from Townsville, North Queensland and draws here connection to Kuku Yulanji nation. She has a strong background in gender equality, working within the UN, NGO and governance sectors to ensure that the voices of Indigenous women are represented at all levels.

Masterclass details 

Date:     Thursday 30 November 2017

Venue:     Lendlease, Level 14, Tower 3 International Towers, Barangaroo, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

Time:     8.30 am – 5.00 pm (lunch provided)


Flyer:     Indigenous Women in Governance Masterclass Flyer

Please direct all enquiries to Michelle Deshong, CEO, Australian Indigenous Governance Institute at or 0436 193 662.

Lendlease is pleased to host the Indigenous Women in Governance Masterclass.


The Australian Indigenous Governance Institute is hosting a 1 day Masterclass on Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Governance in Brisbane on Friday 31 March 2017. The demand for data is increasing as Indigenous nations engage in economic, social, and cultural development on a rapid scale. Additionally, the need to protect Indigenous cultural and proprietary information is paramount. This Masterclass examines the role of data as an exercise of sovereignty in Indigenous nation governance and self-determination. It will dually explore data collected internally by Indigenous nations and communities, and information collected by external sources. We seek to answer broad questions such as:

  • What rights do Indigenous peoples have to data?
  • How can data facilitate nation building?
  • How can Indigenous nations influence the better collection of data on their people and resources by third parties?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges inherent in data governance?

To answer these questions, we draw from best practices across international Indigenous communities and also offer examples from the Indigenous Australian context. The day will be presented by leading scholars Assoc Prof Maui Hudson (NZ), Prof Tahu Kukutai (NZ), DrPH Stephanie Rainie (US), Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear (US), Prof John Taylor (AUS) and Dr Raymond Lovett (AUS). This Masterclass is ideal for anyone wanting to better understand:

  • What “Indigenous data sovereignty” and “data governance” mean, and recognise the implications of such terms—both for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, communities, nations, and institutions; and
  • How data that Indigenous peoples and nations collect, analyse, and use may be different from mainstream data and the importance of leveraging existing data to support Indigenous governance.


Date:                    Friday 31 March 2017

Venue:                 Level 41, 1 William Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Australia

Time:                   8.30 am – 4.30 pm


Enquiries:           Michelle Deshong, CEO, Australian Indigenous Governance Institute on or 0436 193 662  

Flyer:                  Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Governance Masterclass Flyer


Maui Hudson affiliates to Ngāruahine, Te Mahurehure and Whakatōhea and is currently a member of the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board. Maui is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato and has research interests in the areas of ethics, innovation, the interface between indigenous knowledge and science and indigenous data sovereignty.

Tahu Kukutai belongs to the Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto and Te Aupouri tribes and is Professor of Demography at the Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato. Tahu specialises in Māori and indigenous demographic research and has written extensively on issues of Māori and tribal population change, identity and inequality. She also has an ongoing interest in how governments around the world count and classify populations by ethnic-racial and citizenship criteria. In a former life she was a journalist.

Raymond (Ray) Lovett is a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellow and Research Fellow with the Epidemiology for Policy and Practice group at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University. He also holds an adjunct Fellowship at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in the Indigenous Social and Cultural Wellbeing group. Ray is an Aboriginal (Wongaibon) epidemiologist with extensive experience in health services research and large-scale data analysis for public health policy development and evaluation.

Stephanie Rainie is an Ahtna Athabascan woman from Alaska, USA. She is based at the University of Arizona where she is Assistant Research Professor, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy; Associate Director and Manager, Tribal Health Program for the Native Nations Institute in the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy; Assistant Professor in the Public Health Policy and Management Program at the Community, Environment and Policy Department, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; and Assistant Director for the Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research. She is a co-founder of the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network.

Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear is a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne tribe from Montana, USA. She is pursuing dual PhDs in sociology at the University of Arizona and demography at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Her doctoral research focuses on the count and classification of American Indian tribal identity in US official statistics and tribal data systems. She is an appointed member of the US Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee and a Graduate Research Associate at the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona. She is a co-founder of the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network.

John Taylor is Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at The Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Policy Associate of the Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium (International) based at the University of Western Ontario. He is a population geographer specialising in the demography of indigenous peoples.

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