Resources

Who’s Who of Indigenous Governance

The Australian Indigenous Governance Institute recognises there are many Indigenous governance researchers, practitioners and communities working in this field developing practical resources, new models of governance and self determination, research papers, expanding our thinking and increasing our understanding.

The ‘Who’s Who of Indigenous Governance’ section of our website provides links to national and international organisations and practitioners conducting governance related work, and to key academics with a research focus relating to Indigenous governance.

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National

Organisations

Reconciliation Australia’s Indigenous Governance Awards

Reconciliation Australia is an independent, national not-for-profit organisation promoting reconciliation by building relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.The Indigenous Governance Program, in partnership with the BHP Foundation and the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI), aims to progress reconciliation through recognising, supporting and celebrating strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governance and self-determination. Effective Indigenous governance is key to creating lasting positive change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and for all Australians.  Good governance is about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people making and implementing decisions about their communities, lives and futures. The Program celebrates success and governance excellence through the bi-annual Indigenous Governance Awards

Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory

Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory (APO NT) is an alliance of Land Council’s, Legal Aid and Medical Services created to provide a more effective response to key issues affecting Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. APO NT has initiated the NT Aboriginal Governance and Management Program to build the strength and effectiveness of NT Aboriginal organisations and support good governance in Aboriginal communities.

Indigenous Business Australia

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) is a progressive, commercially focused organisation that promotes economic independence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. IBA’s Business Development and Assistance Program assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to develop pathways to owning or growing viable businesses. The program includes introductory business workshops, tailored support services and advice relating to business matters such as; planning, financial skills development, tender writing, marketing and branding, selling and/or exiting a business. Details of the program are available on the IBA website.

 

Governance Information, Training and Support Agencies

Australian Institute of Company Directors

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) provides training courses and resources for Boards, Directors and senior management executives. The AICD offers an Indigenous Governance Program. The Program recognises the unique challenges faced by the boards of medium and large Indigenous organisations and is designed to develop the skills of leaders and improve organisational effectiveness. Course application details are available on their website.

Our Community

Our Community provides advice and resources for not-for-profit organisations in Australia. The Institute of Community Directors Australia, an Our Community enterprise, is a governance network for members of Australian not-for-profit boards, committees and councils, and senior staff members. The Institute offers a Diploma of Business (Governance) – BSB 50710 for existing and prospective not-for-profit board/committee members, and the staff (CEOs and senior staff) who work with not-for-profit boards. Their website offers free governance tools and resources covering topics such as recruitment, Board responsibilities, policy-making, securing funding and reporting transparency.

Governance Institute of Australia

The Governance Institute of Australia promotes the effective governance and administration of organisations in the private and public sectors. The Institute’s website has a range of accessible guides, resources and research on corporate governance procedures and practices and they offer a variety of skills-based short courses and diplomas in Governance Practice, Risk Management and Governance for Not-for-Profits.

Institute for Aboriginal Development (Aboriginal Corporation)

The Institute for Aboriginal Development Incorporated (IAD) was established by the Uniting Church in 1969 to assist community development for Aboriginal people and provide cross-cultural education between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal society. It is an independent Aboriginal community-controlled language resource centre and adult education centre serving the Aboriginal community of Central Australia. The IAD offers a variety of Certificate level courses relating to business, administration and vocational skills. Information regarding the courses is available through the IAD website.

Leadership

Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre

The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre was founded by Indigenous leaders in recognition of the importance of leadership in driving sustainable change in Indigenous communities. The Centre is a national provider of accredited Indigenous leadership education programs.

Social Leadership Australia

Social Leadership Australia (SLA) works with a diversity of business; government and not-for-profit organisations to design and deliver customised leadership development programs. SLA has developed a number of initiatives to build adaptive change and leadership capability with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The 2014 ‘Leading Together’ program sought to develop the ability of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders to work together for better outcomes for their organisations and broader communities by developing understanding and connection across cultures and learning and growing together. Application and program details are located on their website.

Organisations

The Governance Institute of Australia

The Governance Institute of Australia promotes the effective governance and administration of organisations in the private and public sectors. The Institute’s website has a range of accessible guides, resources and research on corporate governance procedures and practices and they offer a variety of skills-based short courses and diplomas in Governance Practice, Risk Management and Governance for Not-for-Profits.

Reconciliation Australia’s Indigenous Governance Program

Reconciliation Australia is an independent, national not-for-profit organisation promoting reconciliation by building relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Reconciliation and BHPBiliton created the Indigenous Governance Awards to showcase how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are driving change on the ground. The Awards are held every two years and identify, celebrate and promote effective Indigenous governance and are about sharing success from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations around Australia.

Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations

The Registrar is responsible for administering the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act). The Office of the Registrar website provides information on Native Title legislation and explains the rules and regulations about starting a corporation. They also have tools and templates for running an organisation and offer free training opportunities in corporate governance knowledge, skills, efficiency and accountability for directors, future directors, members and key staff of Indigenous corporations registered under the CATSI Act.

Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory

Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory (APO NT) is an alliance of Land Council’s, Legal Aid and Medical Services created to provide a more effective response to key issues affecting Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. APO NT has initiated the NT Aboriginal Governance and Management Program to build the strength and effectiveness of NT Aboriginal organisations and support good governance in Aboriginal communities.

International

University and Research Institutes

Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (U.S)

Founded by Professors Stephen Cornell and Joseph P. Kalt at Harvard University in 1987, the Harvard Project aims to understand and foster the conditions under which sustained, self-determined social and economic development is achieved among American Indian nations. For over two decades, the Harvard Project has undertaken hundreds of research studies and advisory projects and the field reports, case studies and research publications are available on the Project’s website.

The Honoring Nations Awards Program highlights tribal government successes. Celebrating, documenting, and disseminating the stories of the outstanding programs in self-governance it helps expand the capacities of Native nation builders by enabling them to learn from each others’ successes.

The Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management and Policy (U.S)

The Native Nations Institute is housed at The University of Arizona’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. The Institute serves as a self-determination, governance, and development resource for Indigenous nations in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere. Key activities undertaken by the Institute include

Policy Research and Analysis: the policy program seeks to expand knowledge about the issues affecting Native nations, identify and catalog the ways in which Indigenous leaders can continue to improve their tribes’ capabilities and more fully explain the conditions under which Native nations in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere successfully initiate and sustain social and economic development.

Education Programs: the Institute offers courses for Native nations governments and citizens examining the critical governance and development challenges facing Native nations and explores what is working, what isn’t, and why. They also offer customised executive education programs designed to equip tribal leaders with knowledge and tools for Native nation building.

Indigenous Governance Database: the online database features hundreds of resources designed to empower Native nation leaders as they lead their nations in strengthening their governments, fostering sustainable development, and rebuilding their communities. It includes papers, conferences, reports, video, radio, transcripts and links to other online governance resources and education providers.

Indigenous Governance Program; University of Victoria (Canada)

Indigenous Governance Program (IGOV) is part of the Faculty for Human and Social Development, University of Victoria. IGOV conducts research, hosts community projects and offers both Undergraduate and Post-graduate courses in Indigenous Governance including a Master of Arts, Doctorate of Philosophy and a Certificate in the Administration of Indigenous Governments. Academic papers by the faculty, which currently includes Professor Gerald Taiaiake Alfred, Professor Jeff Corntassel, Professor James Hamilton Tully and Professor Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark are available on the IGOV website.

The NCAI Policy Research Center (U.S)

The NCAI Policy Research Center (PRC) is a think tank focused on issues facing tribal communities. The mission of the PRC is to provide tribal leaders with the best available knowledge to make strategically proactive policy decisions in a framework of Native wisdom that positively impact the future of Native peoples. Their research agenda aims to shift the discourse in Native policy from a problem-focused approach to truly proactive, future-thinking strategy development and is tribally-driven. The PRC has a Litigation and Governance research stream and worked with the Native Nations Institute on a project investigating strategies to strengthen the quality of governance in tribal communities.

Training and Education

The Institute for Tribal Government, Portland State University (U.S)

The Institute for Tribal Government is part of the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University
in Portland, Oregon. The Institute serves elected tribal governments from across the nation and also provides training to local, state and federal government agencies and others who are interested in learning about tribal government. A primary goal of the Institute, therefore, is to assist tribes who want to cultivate the necessary expertise 
and governance skills from within their own tribe.

Tribal Law & Government Center; Kansas University (U.S)

Effectively representing Indian nations and tribes requires an understanding of the laws, history, and policies that affect them. The Tribal Law & Government Center at KU Law aims to equip students and legal professionals who will represent Indian nations with the skills necessary to appreciate and strengthen the unique nature of indigenous tribal legal systems.

Indigenous Leadership Management; Banff Centre (Canada)

The Banff Centre is an arts and creativity hub that creates new work, provides resources for collaboration and applied research and conducts training and professional development programs for leadership. One of the development programs offered by the Centre is Indigenous Leadership and Management Development. Designed for Aboriginal leaders and administrators, Aboriginal artists, senior management and personnel working with or within Aboriginal organisations, the program focuses on skills development to achieve organisational and personal goals.

Journals and Databases

NativeWeb

NativeWeb is an international, nonprofit, educational organisation dedicated to using telecommunications including computer technology and the Internet to disseminate information from and about Indigenous nations, peoples, and organisations around the world; to foster communication between native and non-native peoples; to conduct research involving Indigenous peoples’ usage of technology and the Internet; and to provide resources, mentoring, and services to facilitate indigenous peoples’ use of this technology. Search ‘Indigenous Governance’ for a selection of resources, links, and publications.


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